BIR closes down establishment in La Union for under-declaring sales

March 8, 2011 12:17 pm 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, March 8 — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District Office No. 3 closed down a grocery store in Poblacion East, Rosario, La Union last week under its "Operation Kandado."

The Consumer-Friendly Trading, a grocery-store owned by Shirley Chu, was found under-declaring its gross sales that resulted in tax deficiency of about P2 million.

The BIR found the grocery store violation after two weeks of surveillance for non-issuance of official receipts to its customers.

The establishment was slapped with the temporarily closure order last March 4 during a visit by officials of the BIR regional office and Revenue District Office-3 (RDO-3).

The closure order was served by a BIR team headed by Revenue District Officer (RDO) Erlinda Victorino and Assistant RDO Ernesto Mangabat, along with BIR Regional Director Arnel S.D. Guballa and Assistant Regional Director Ernesto D. De Vota.

After two weeks of surveillance, tax mapping and validation, the owner continuously committed the same violation which is against Section 115 of the Tax Code of 1997 or Republic Act No. 8424, Victorino said.

If the owner of the establishment wants her store to be reopened, she has to write a letter to the BIR Regional Director and pay her tax deficiencies, Victorino added.

On the other hand, Director Guballa appealed to all taxpayers in the province to pay their correct/right taxes.

He said the subject of "Operation Kandado" are delinquent taxpayers who, after giving them enough due process and notices, still commit the violations and failed to comply with their tax obligations due the government.

Under the "Operation Kandado," the BIR earlier padlocked one establishment in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. (PNA)

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