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BIR finds 100 erring firms in Lapu

By: Vanessa Claire Lucero March 14,2016 - 09:05 PM

ABOUT 100 business establishments in Lapu-Lapu City were found violating various tax laws during the tax mapping campaign conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Nelson Aspe, BIR deputy commissioner, said in a press conference on Friday that a total of 1,200 establishments in Lapu-Lapu City were inspected as part of the tax compliance verification drive.

The campaign also included the revenue districts in Cebu City South and North, Mandaue City, Talisay City, and Tagbilaran City in Bohol.

Today, BIR personnel will be in Tagbilaran for the last leg of the week-long tax mapping campaign.

As of yesterday, it was not known how many establishments were inspected in each district.

But on the average, BIR 13 chief legal officer Neri Yu said between 8 and 10 percent of the businesses inspected are found to be unregistered with BIR.

“In the districts, 8 to 10 percent of those inspected are not registered with BIR, only with the LGUs. We are requesting the LGUs to give us a list (of registered businesses),” he added.

In Lapu-Lapu City, Aspe said the violations ranged from failure to update daily transcripts to non-issuance of receipts.

Some businesses also failed to keep their books of accounts and other records inside their establishments.

Violators are fined P1,000 to P25,000, depending on the severity of the violation, Yu said.

Aspe said BIR will be visiting the establishments again in the future to see if they have complied. Non-compliance will result to “round-the-clock watch” by the agency, he said.

BIR 13 was given a target of P36.36 billion this year, about 43 percent higher than the 2015 target of P25.4 billion. Nationwide, the collection goal is P2.026 trillion for this year.

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