En­ter­tain­ment es­tab­lish­ments now un­der BIR sur­veil­lance

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue (BIR) Rev­enue Re­gion 4 (RR4) yes­ter­day said that it has or­dered mas­sive sur­veil­lance ac­tiv­i­ties on bars and en­ter­tain­ments in An­ge­les City.

BIR re­gional di­rec­tor Jethro Sabar­riaga said that the op­er­a­tions were con­ducted in the Barangay Bal­ibago area. This re­sulted in the clo­sure of one bar for five days. The bar owner had paid and com­mit­ted to set­tle taxes which prompted the BIR to al­low the es­tab­lish­ment to open for busi­ness.

The BIR had ini­tially or­dered the sur­veil­lance of four es­tab­lish­ments, ac­cord­ing to Sabar­riaga, but the mission or­ders were later ex­panded to ten more es­tab­lish­ments un­der sur­veil­lance.

Sabar­riaga said that it is ev­i­dent in their sys­tem that en­ter­tain­ment es­tab­lish­ments have not been com­pli­ant in pay­ing taxes.

Re­cently, RR4 closed down three busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in Tar­lac prov­ince over the week­end as part of their “Oplan Kan­dado” pro­gram.

Sabar­riaga added that “Oplan Kan­dado” is an ini­tia­tive of the BIR that aims to in­ten­sify the Bureau’s en­force­ment op­er­a­tions through strict im­po­si­tion of pre­scribed ad­min­is­tra­tive sanc­tions for non-com­pli­ance with the ba­sic tax re­quire­ments.

He added that “Oplan Kan­dado” aims to weed out com­pa­nies that do not pay proper taxes and level the busi­ness play­ing field in fa­vor of busi­nesses who are com­pli­ant with tax laws.

The RR4 will also be dou­bling ef­forts in reach­ing out with the pro­fes­sional sec­tor to fur­ther en­tice more pro­fes­sion­als to file the cor­rect taxes. Sabariaga stressed that they are now fin­ish­ing on the sur­veil­lance of two doc­tors who are re­miss in the pay­ment of their taxes.

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