BIR closes 7 POGO firms in Las Piñas for not paying due tax

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Bureau of Internal Revenues

The Bureau of Internal Revenue on Tuesday has shut down seven Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) firms in Las Piñas City, including two restaurants which mainly cater Chinese employees. 

According to the Department of Finance (DOF),  the two establishments namely, Frame Rose Ranes Salisi, under business name Young Restaurant, and the Shinedeligo Corp., have been closed due to unpaid value-added tax (VAT).  

Five other firms were, however, cracked down for failing to register their business with the BIR. Authorities identified them the Jazzy Sam Videoke and Grill, Janna-Hissa Catering Services, Bottleground, Bigsun Food Stop, and Society Eight Lifestyle Concept Store. 

“The required 48-hour notice and five-day VAT Compliance Notice were duly served but remained unheeded. As such, closure orders were recommended for the approval of the Deputy Commissioner for Operations,” the BIR said. 

The shutdown was held by BIR as part of its Oplan Kandado Program. The operation started on Tuesday, spearheaded by Glen Deraldino, BIR South NCR Director, and Rebe Detablan, Las Piñas District Officer. 

“The establishments are said to be allied services to POGO operations since they predominantly serve the Chinese nationals employed by the latter,” the DOF said. 

On September, POGOs that failed to pay their taxes have been warned of shut down by the finance department. 

Last week, the BIR already closed the first tax-evading POGO, Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corp. (GECAC). Then, the firm appealed to the BIR for cancellation of the termination order, saying it would settle its P1.3 billion unpaid tax.

The government in July began implementing more rigid system in collecting taxes from foreigners working or running businesses in the country, of which POGO employees are included. 

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