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Local BIR makes June goal; Oplan Kandado nets 5 firms
posted 12-Jul-2019  ·  
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The Bureau of Internal Revenue in Virac finally surpassed its monthly goals for May and June 2019, but needs to do a lot more to collect the P233 million still needed to top its 2019 target of P466 million.

Revenue District Officer Daisy Baroma told the Tribune last week that for June 2019, RDO No. 69 collected a total of P34,500,684.38, more than P10.4 million or 43.41 percent over the monthly goal of P24,057,000.

The figure is likewise P8.5 million greater than the P25.9 million the same office registered in revenues in June 2018.

The impressive performance of the local BIR in last month’s revenue collection drive follows a similar one in May 2019, when it finally ended four consecutive months of subpar collection by taking in P35,032,654.87. This is 9.35% over the P32 million goal and more than P8 million greater than the collection for May 2018.

From January to April, it did not perform as well, as it fell short of its monthly collection targets by as much as 33 percent.

However, a downward adjustment was made on the monthly goals by the BIR national office after it realized that its revenue district offices were finding it difficult to meet the targets.

Still, the Virac BIR office needs to collect P233 million over the next six months to meet its goal of P466,812,000.

One of its strategies being implemented to help the bureau achieve this is the campaign to increase the number of Value Added Tax (VAT) taxpayers in the island province.

It is claimed that many local establishments are supposed to be upgraded from Non-VAT to VAT but are suspected of deliberately declaring lower sales to avoid being assessed higher taxes.

Last June 17, 2019, no less than then BIR Bicol Revenue Region 10 regional director Gerry Dumayas spearheaded the temporary closure of five business establishments in Pandan town for under-declaration of their gross receipts by more than 30% and for failure to register as VAT taxpayers.

The padlocked establishments – a gas station, hardware store and three grocery stores – also failed to comply with the 48-hour notice and the five-day VAT Compliance Notice issued to them to correct their tax payments and to explain the violations.

The violations were uncovered by the Virac RD-69 headed by RDO Baroma and assistant RDO Princini Parco.

RD Dumayas was joined in the Oplan Kandado closure mission by assistant regional director Mary Jane Asuncion, Legal Division OIC-Chief Wilnerson Villanueva, Assessment Division OIC-Chief Imelda Moroña, CSU Head Rita Palmiano, the district team composed of RDO Baroma, ARDO Parco, Assessment Section Chief Randy Socito and other revenue examinars, and some police officers.

According to RDO Baroma, the five Pandan business establishments knew they were subject to closure as the BIR had already written them a few months back to settle their violations and warned them of the adverse consequence should they fail to comply.

Following the issuance of a mission order by the BIR regional office, the Virac RDO began a 10-day surveillance on the erring businesses.

The establishments were told to settle VAT payments ranging from P400,000 to as much as P1.7 million, not including the additional income taxes they would be assessed for the years covered by the investigation.

The concerned proprietors paid a total of P1.4 million the day after their businesses were closed but asked that they be allowed to pay the balance on installment within three years. The BIR regional office, however, rejected the request and directed them to settle the deficiency within six months.

More non-compliant business establishments are likewise targeted under Oplan Kandado in the other 10 municipalities but the lack of revenue examiners prevents the Virac RDO from going full blast in the campaign.

There are only six examiners in the local office, including Section Chief Randy Socito, with the entire Virac RDO also understaffed as only 35 of its 67 plantilla positions are currently filled up.

It is claimed that while there are a lot of applicants for BIR vacant positions nationwide, many fail to pass the qualifying exams administered by the bureau’s personnel office.

On the same day of the Pandan business closures, RDO Baroma, with the assistance of Atty. Joseph Sante Bustamante and Dave Anthony Guiriba of the Legal Division, filed 11 cases for unlawful pursuit of business against several entrepreneurs in Catanduanes before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

The cases were filed after the respondents failed to register as businesses with the BIR pursuant to the provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) three years after their business activities were uncovered during the continuous Tax Compliance Verification Drive undertaken by RDO 69.

In another development, a reshuffle of regional directors saw former RR-10 regional director Gerry Dumayas being reassigned to RR-9A comprising the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro and Romblon.

In his place as new Bicol BIR director is Florante Aninag, the former assistant regional director of RR-9A.

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