GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has raised some P1.9 million in additional revenues from the ongoing implementation of its flagship “Oplan Kandado” program in this city and in neighboring areas.
Lawyer Marcelinda Omila-Yap, BIR Revenue Region No. 18 director, said the additional collection mainly came from the accumulated fines and tax delinquency payments of at least eight business establishments in the area that were earlier padlocked by the agency for violation of the national government’s tax regulations.
Since the launching of the Oplan Kandado campaign in the region in the third quarter of 2009, Yap said they have already closed down four businesses here, two in Kidapawan City and one each in Koronadal and Tacurong cities.
BIR Revenue Region No. 18 covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. Yap said they are currently working for the closure of two more business establishments in this city and another two in Tacurong City for tax code violations.
“We’re also monitoring five suspected tax evaders who also own some businesses in the region,” she said in a taxation forum in Koronadal City.
Yap said they were prompted to pursue the closure of the eight establishments, the latest of which were two drug stores here, due to their failure to issue receipts or invoices, non-filing of their value-added tax or VAT returns, understatement of taxable sales or receipts by 30 percent and their failure to register as taxpayers.
Based on BIR’s standard operating procedure, she said they had given the owners of the erring establishments enough time to settle their tax obligations and comply with the necessary requirements.
But she said the concerned business owners failed to make any settlement, prompting them to submit a report and an endorsement for the closure of their businesses to the office of the BIR Commissioner.
Under the “Oplan Kandado” program, which mainly aims to ensure the full compliance of business owners to provisions of the government’s tax law, business operations of non-compliant taxpayers will be suspended and their establishments will be temporarily closed if they will be found to have violated certain tax laws.
Yap said they will continue to implement the Oplan Kandado in the region as it reportedly helped improve their tax collection activities.
“It also encouraged our business owners to properly issue official receipts as part of their regular business operations,” she added. (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews)