DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A coffee shop in Davao City was ordered temporarily closed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Davao Region on Tuesday, January 30, amid tax delinquency issues.

BIR 11 director Nuzar N. Balatero told Davao Today that the Cafe Demitasse in F. Torres Street here has been under surveillance since 2017.

Balatero said the cafe failed to declare P18-million gross sales in the first two quarters of 2017.

The violation resulted in a Valued Added Tax (VAT) deficiency of P4.1 million including penalty worth over P3 million.

He said they received the closure order signed by the commissioner last week.

Balatero said that based on the BIR issuance, the Cafe Demitasse needs to pay 110 percent basic tax worth P2.3 million before they can reopen.

The director reminds all establishment owners to be truthful with their sales declaration.

“We remind everyone to declare their real sales so that they will pay the exact tax which will help the governments projects especially the president’s thrust, the Build, Build Build program,” Balatero said.

Oplan Kandado is the agency’s priority program for 2018, which aims to enforce sanctions against non-compliant taxpayers in accordance with the Tax Code.

“We expect more establishments will be closed with the strict implementation of Oplan Kandado,” Balatero said.

Last year, BIR-11 padlocked three branches of Ahfat Seafood Restaurants and four branches of Tuna Express Kamayan Grills due to tax liability. (davatoday.com)

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