• BIR moves to close down delinquent firms in Isabela

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    NAGUILIAN, Isabela: The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to close down identified business establishments in the province for their failure to pay correct taxes.

    BIR officials said the BIR has intensified its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program for the collection of the right taxes due the government.

    Lawyer Salvador Lasala, Isabela revenue district officer, said the agency will “relentlessly be conducting surveillance” in its campaign against tax “evaders” and “cheaters.”

    “We are obliged to close down the business establishment as soon as they are found violating our tax laws,” Lasala said.

    Lasala explained that under the agency’s Oplan Kandado, a measure to force business owners pay the right taxes, establishments not paying the right taxes will be “under watch to ensure that all business establishments are paying the right taxes.”

    He said the agency has targeted to collect P2.353 billion in 2013 but admitted that it was short of more than P76 million from its collection target last year, having collected only P2.277.

    Lasala urged all taxpayers to religiously pay their obligation to the government to avoid closure of their businesses, applicable penalties and surcharges.

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