BIR to close 113 outlets more of online cockfighting firm

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Monday it will padlock another batch of 113 outlets of an online cockfighting (sabong) company for allegedly using unregistered betting machines.

Bureau of Internal Revenue  (MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Internal Revenue

BIR Deputy Commissioner for Legal Service Marissa Cabreros issued the warning as she is still waiting for Manila Cockers Club Inc. (MCCI) answer for the possible settlement of back accounts of 19 betting stations in Quezon City closed two weeks ago for reportedly using unregistered cash register and point-of-sales machines.

Ms. Cabreros said MCCI has 113 other branches in other parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The company operates cockfight arenas, broadcasting or streamlining the fights and accepting bets conventionally or via electronic system.

The revenue official did not dispute the claim of MCCI that it has been regularly remitting income and other taxes.

She stressed that the electronic cockfighting outlets were padlocked because they used cash register and point-of-sale machines not registered with the BIR as required under Revenue Regulations No.7-2012.

She added the Tax Code authorizes the BIR to confiscate such colorum counting machines.

Cabreros explained that the closure was part of the bureau’s tax compliance verification drive (TCVD), or tax mapping and inspection carried out from time to time to ensure that businesses comply with revenue rules and regulations.

She said initial estimate showed MCCI owed the BIR hundreds millions of pesos covering mostly documentary and final withholding taxes.

BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay signed the mission order to close the e-cockfighting operations.