Davao City — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to implement Oplan Kandado (operation plan lockup), which will shut down firms that do not file tax returns or issue statements of tax return on purpose and those that deliberately understate their revenues or income by more than 30 percent.
In a press conference at SM City, revenue district officer 113B Abilla S. Bentulan explained that
all unregistered business establishments or those that did not issue tax receipts will be listed and the BIR would literally padlock firms of proven tax evaders.
Bentulan clarified that all seized firms will be given 48 hours notice to counter the findings of the BIR. If a firm fails to comply, it will be given another chance through the five-day value added tax (VAT) compliance notice. If the firm still fails to act in accordance with the law, BIR officials and the Regional Revue Board will evaluate whether they will propose the closure of that particular business establishment. Repeat offenders would also be issued additional sanctions, including closure.
Bentulan reasoned that the implementation of Oplan Kandado is not unreasonably harsh, as the goal is to curb establishments from understating their earnings to evade taxes.
Oplan Kandado, Bentulan said is based on the order of BIR commissioner Sixto Esquivias IV and will be done under due process for the better execution of the program. (PIA)