Establishments issuing unregistered receipts is the most common form of tax avoidance practiced by delinquent commercial establishments in the province, according to a tax mapping conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
The BIR also noted there are many unregistered businesses and those with no books of accounts.
“Sa taxpayer kasi, kapag nag-i-issue sila ng unregistered receipt, wala kaming way para i-check ‘yong income. Parang way nila ‘yon para magtago ng income. Kapag mababa ang income nila at na-reflect nila sa kanilang registered receipts, mababa ang babayaran nilang tax. Baka wala pa sila bayaran, baka hindi sila (makaabot) sa ceiling na P250,000,” said assistant revenue district officer Atty. John Rainier Camba .
“Hindi kasi mawawala ‘yong ganyang mga senaryo ng mga tax payer, kung paano sila magtatago ng kanilang income,” he added.
The BIR has conducted a tax mapping of some 1,140 establishments in the province including Puerto Princesa this year.
Camba said that the Tax Compliance and Verification Drive (TVCD) or tax mapping was only conducted mostly in mainland Palawan over areas of Puerto Princesa, Aborlan, Narra, Sofronio Espanola, Brooke’s Point, and El Nido.
The bureau struggled to reach other municipalities particularly those located in island towns due to logistics and movement restrictions, Camba said.
Camba said that the local revenue district office already surpassed the 1,093 target establishments to be tax mapped in 2021.
“Actually, ‘yong target namin na 1, 093 ay iyon na. Kami na lang ang magdadagdag kung may magko-complain na tax payer, kung sino pa ‘yong bibisitahin namin. May nakita tayo na mga hindi nakarehistro—iba naman ay unregistered ‘yong mga resibo so kino-confiscate namin ‘yon at may corresponding penalties ‘yon. Iba naman ay wala silang books of account,” he said.