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BIR preparing raps
vs. 2 tax evaders

The Bureau of Internal Revenue, Revenue Region No.12 in Bacolod City, is preparing to submit cases  against two tax evaders, whose identities it withheld, for under-declaration of income by more than 30 percent for evaluation, BIR regional director Araceli Francisco said yesterday.

The cases filed under the BIR’s program called “Run After Tax Evaders” will be submitted to the BIR deputy commissioner for legal and inspection affairs, Francisco said.

RATE cases are filed against tax evaders who under declare their income by more than 30 percent, and fail to file their VAT returns,  register and  issue receipts or invoices, she said.

These are the same provisions applied to Oplan Kandado that closes any establishment due to such violations, she added.

Meanwhile, for 2010, RR12 was able to close five establishments under the Oplan Kandado program and was able to collect more than P25 million.

Before BIR padlocks the businesses, the Regional Review Board led by the regional director  evaluates their documents after which the board  issues a 48-hour notice to the establishments, Francisco said.

After the 48-hour notice, they are also given another 5-day VAT notice. When these notices are served and the firm does not comply, the regional office submits a memorandum report for the approval of the commissioner who signs the closure order, she explained.

Francisco o appealed to all tax payers to attend tax education seminars and information drives so that they will know their responsibilities and obligations to avoid closure or tax evasion cases.*LTG


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