The Bureau of Internal Revenue has issued a warning to storeowners against bogus or fake BIR personnel who claim that they are authorized to conduct surveillance, a government press release said.
“What the storeowners can do is to ask for the identification cards of these people, as well as for the authorization from BIR offices," Revenue Deputy Commissioner Celia King said.
She added that it will be helpful if storeowners or their personnel can photocopy the IDs and the authority letter from the head office.
With these identification cards and authorization copies, the storeowners can verify from any BIR branch if these persons are indeed authorized personnel, King said.
She also said that if storeowners or their personnel think that the BIR representatives are impostors, they can go directly to the barangay captain.
King said the normal time frame for surveillance is about 15 days to one month, but they do not inform business owners exactly when, because these are activities that taxpayers should not know, or else, they will be prepared, the press release said.*