BIR padlocks 3 stores in Kidapawan City

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / ct 2) – Officers from the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) district office here padlocked on Tuesday three business establishments for allegedly failing to issue official receipts to customers.

The BIR closed for business the main branch of Jervoso’s Place, which is a restaurant; Jervoso’s Bakeshop; and Ukay-Ukay (Used Clothes) Store, all housed in one building located along the national highway, here.

All these establishments are owned by a certain Evangeline Morala.

Morala and her sister were present during the closure but declined to speak with media.

Lawyer Joseph Arguilles, BIR Revenue District 108 legal officer, said the closure order would be lifted once the owner complies with the requirements set by the bureau.

Before the closure, Arguilles explained they gave Morala a 48-hour notice to explain her violations, and another five days to rectify payments for the Value Added Tax (VAT).

“Despite that, Morala failed to comply with the requirements,” said Arguilles.

Assistant BIR regional director Noel Gonzales and Revenue District Officer (RDO) Eddie Castillo led the implementation of the closure orders, which Arguilles claimed strictly followed due process.  (Malu Cadelina-Manar / MindaNews)