GUIGUINTO, Bulacan — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) together with the Department of Finance (DOF) has padlocked eleven unregistered warehouses of five big business enterprises in Barangay Tabang in this town on Thursday morning (Oct. 3).
Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa, DOF Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino and Caloocan Revenue Regional Director Ma. Gracia Javier led the serving of the closure order of the warehouses of the enterprises of Cagayan Corn Products Corporation, Pacific Rim Transport & Logistics Inc., UPFC Logistics Corporation, AAI Logistics Cargo Express, Inc., and JCOMP Trading and Distribution.
All the big warehouses were located at T12 Commercial Complex, Ilang-Ilang St., Brgy. Tabang, Guiguinto town composed mainly of 6 warehouses for imported rice from Myanmar and Vietnam with estimated numbers of more or less 260 sacks, 2 warehouses of imported soya milk and liquid detergent, 2 warehouses of cornflour and the service provider of Shopee, an online store, estimated to be is worth P1 billion.
Guballa said at least 11 units inside the warehouse compound were operating illegally and especially the UPFC Logistics Corp., which operates six rice warehouses, has not been paying registration tax.
Guballa added the operators of said establishments were not compliant with the registration requirements of posting the annual registration fee, Payment Form, original certificate of registration and the poster “Ask for Receipts or Notice to the Public.”
“Section 115 of the Tax Code, as implemented through Revenue Memorandum Order No. 03-2009, authorizes the BIR to suspend or close the business operations of a taxpayer for a period of not less than five days for failure to register, issue VAT official receipts, or sales invoices; file correct VAT returns; or pay the correct VAT,” Guballa said..
The closure order was signed by Deputy Commissioner Guballa after the said establishments failed to comply with the registration requirements specified in Section 236 of the NIRC of 1997, as amended, and implemented through the leadership of RR No. 5-Caloocan City Regional Director Javier pursuant to the Oplan Kandado Program of the BIR under the current leadership of Commissioner Dulay Ceasar Dulay.
While Finance Asec Lambino said they were still verifying if the goods found in the warehouses were smuggled or if they are paying the right taxes.
The BIR “Oplan Kandado” is an intensive campaign, which seeks to padlock businesses with unpaid tax dues, as well as those who are engaged in illegal practices such as failure to register, understatement of taxable sales by more than 30 percent and the refusal to issue receipts. (RONDA Balita Online News)