BIR shuts down 322 firms, collects P1.87B in unpaid taxes

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THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has padlocked 322 establishments in the first nine months of 2021 for various tax code violations, which resulted in the collection of P1.867 billion in back taxes.

BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa said this accomplishment under the Bureau’s Oplan Kandado program included shutting down the operations of two establishments in the month of September, which yielded P290 million in tax collections.

Guballa also said the BIR had rolled out its Internal Revenue Integrated System–Taxpayer Registration System (TRS) in the third quarter in all revenue district offices (RDOs), except in 12 offices that do not yet have fiber optics capabilities.

“The RDOs now have an electronic facility for capturing, monitoring and reporting taxpayer’s primary and secondary registration data—whether individual or non-individual, and whether with or without businesses,” Guballa said.

He said the TRS will “also facilitate the update of registration information and generation and printing of Certificate of Registration, Authority to Print, Tax Clearance and Tax Identification Number ID card.”

In an earlier executive committee meeting, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III had ordered the BIR and the Bureau of Customs to further intensify their operations against tax cheats, in keeping with the government’s war on graft and corruption. (PR)

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