BIR raises additional revenues from padlocked businesses

Published December 15, 2020, 2:36 PM

by Chino S. Leyco

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has collected additional taxes from commercial establishments that were padlocked earlier for failing to either register or pay the correct amount of tax.

In a statement, BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa said they have collected a total of P582.5 million in taxes in January to November 2020 from erring 196 commercial establishments that were padlocked by the agency.

Guballa said the bureau raised additional P34.5 million in taxes last quarter from another 18 commercial establishments it padlocked under Oplan Kandado program. 


Thus, from the previous amount of P547.9 million collected under this program from 178  establishments that were closed down in the first nine months, the total amount has increased to P582.5 million as of November.  

In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, Guballa also said 103 complaints involving  an estimated P4.96 billion in tax liabilities  that the bureau has filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ)  are now under preliminary investigation.  

Guballa said the operations conducted against the 196 padlocked establishments were pursuant to Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 3-2009, otherwise known as the Oplan Kandado Program.

Last year, the BIR collected a total of P1.92 billion under its Oplan Kandado program as a result of the temporary closure of 743 establishments for various violations of the National Internal Revenue Code.

BIR’s performance under the Oplan Kandado program in 2019 was a 218.88-percent improvement over its 233 closures of establishments reported in 2018 and a 140.76-percent increase in collections amounting to P799.47 million during that year.

Also in 2019, the BIR  filed a total of 347 complaints involving tax liabilities estimated to be worth P24.02 billion combined before either the DOJ or CTA  as part of the Duterte administration’s all-out campaign against tax evaders.

Under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program, 309 cases for preliminary investigation were filed by the bureau before the DOJ last year for tax liabilities of various individuals and corporations estimated at P19.06 billion combined.

This was a marked improvement of 56.85 percent over the 197 cases filed by the BIR in 2018 involving some P15 billion-worth of tax liabilities.

In the CTA, the bureau has filed 38 cases for tax liabilities worth P4.94 billion combined, or more than triple the 12 cases filed before the tax appeals court in 2018.

The cases filed before the CTA involving close to P5 billion in tax liabilities represent a 480.67 percent increase over the estimated P851.57 million in taxes that the BIR had hoped to collect in 2018 through litigation.