Posted on September 18th, 2009
The Oplan Kandado program of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) continues on its quest to keep business following on the agencyâ€™s directives. Recently, BIR padlocked another establishment, a popular coffee shop at that, in upscale Taguig City.
The latest establishment to be hit by the BIRâ€™s campaign is the Coffee Bean Tea Leaf (CBTL) located at the Bonifacio High Street â€“ J.V. at Quadrant & BGC Retail Promenade in Fort Bonifacio.
Coffee Bean Tea Leaf was caught by the BIR committing the following violations upon its surveillance activities: unauthorized use of official receipts issued to another corporation, the use of taxpayer identification number which is different from that indicated in its registration certificate, and failure to file value-added tax (VAT) returns.
BIR said â€œCBTL was using official receipts belonging to another corporation â€“ the Coffee Bean Tea Leaf Philippines, Inc. in Greenhills, San Juan.â€ The agency added that the establishment also understated its sales by more than P3.8 million for the first quarter of this year. Likewise, CBTL was also charged for not displaying its annual registration fee payment form and its registration certificate.
BIR Taguig Revenue District Officer Gerry O. Dumayas added, â€œWe asked the subject taxpayer [CBTL] to refute the discovered discrepancies but it failed to do so.â€
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 and refusal to issue receipts.
Businesses that were padlocked can only reopen shop when they paid their tax dues and rectify their errors. The campaign aims to instill the so-called fear factor on tax delinquents businesses to be able to force them to follow the law and pay the right amount of taxes.
Since its launched in January, Oplan Kandado has already padlocked more than 90 businesses.