BIR Urdaneta padlocks drug store

September 29, 2009 at 1:23 am 1 comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – The Revenue District Office padlocked through “Operation Kandado” chains of Janmark Drug Stores after the management shortchanged the government in tax payment.

RDO head Merlyn Vicente said the closure of these stores was upon the order of tax Commissioner Sixto Esquivias .

According to Assistant RDO-6 Attorney Jo Jaen, business establishments like Janmark weres liable for closure because of 30 percent underpayment in taxes.

He said there were several surveillances sometimes in May 2009 on the drug store and that Janmark’s management was even informed earlier to comply with their tax delinquencies.

He said the owner of the drug stores even gave BIR officials a run-around when they served a notice of tax shortfall.

Janmark was registered as single proprietorship with an address at this city, at the same time it was registered as a corporation based in Binondo, Manila.

“Whenever somebody from our office went there, somebody told us that they are registered as a corporation in Binondo. But when somebody went to Binondo, they were told that they are registered in Urdaneta,” Jaen said.

“Operation Kandado” was simultaneously implemented for the second time this year in Pangasinan by the three revenue district offices in Pangasinan. It is meant to boost the anemic collection of the BIR as a result of Republic Act 9504, and the global economic recession.

R.A 9504 exempts minimum wage earners from paying income tax, increasing tax exemption for all earners and additional exemptions for individuals with dependents/children.

Jaen said “Operation Kandado” is one of the programs of the tax office in persuading taxpayers to pay. The other was RATE (Run After Tax Evaders).”

RDO-6 covers this city, and 15 towns in the eastern part of the province.


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  • 1. Rogelio Loveranes  |  September 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    In re: Closure of… establishment… non-payment of tax

    A frequent visitor to Binalonan, Pangasinan, I can very well attest to the fact that some if not all the grocery stores and pharmacies do not issue official receipts. Once I insisted to be issued a receipt but the owner of a chinese grocery in the Poblacion area, ordered her personnel to get the ‘old’ bundle of receipts from ‘upstairs’. The personnel, ignorant nor adept on issuing receipt, wrote on the original the amount of the purchase price but did not place the date nor the name of the purchaser let alone the CARBON paper between the original and duplicate. Is it not funny? Funny tax evasion!


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