BIR collects P547M from firms padlocked for tax violations

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has collected P547.9 million from business establishments that it closed down due to tax violations.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Finance said the P547.9 million in taxes collected by the BIR were from 178 business firms padlocked earlier for failing to either register or pay the correct amount of taxes. The amount was collected from

January to September this year by virtue of Revenue Memorandum Order 3-2009, or the Oplan Kandado Program.

The program last year resulted in the collection of P1.92 billion from the temporary closure of 743 establishments that committed violations under the National Internal Revenue Code.

Furthermore, the BIR has filed 14 cases before the Court of Tax Appeals for P338 million in tax liabilities from various respondents, and 72 complaints involving  an estimated P3.4 billion in tax liabilities are also pending investigation with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Last year, the BIR filed 309 cases for preliminary investigation before the DOJ for tax liabilities of various individuals and corporations under its Run After Tax Evaders program. The total tax collection that could be realized from the 309 cases is P19.06 billion.

The BIR’s tax collection target for this year is P1.686 trillion, which is a downward revision of the original target of P1.744 trillion set before the coronavirus pandemic. CURRENTPH

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