Chain of 5 stores padlocked PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 September 2011 17:58

Retail business in Zamboanga City sharply slowed down and hundreds of employees will be out of job for days after the Bureau of Internal Revenue-Zamboanga City padlocked yesterday the five stores of the old Shoppers chain for failure to comply with the Value Added Tax (VAT) requirements.

BIR Regional Director Atty. Rozil Lozares and Revenue District Collector Merlyn Vicente  led bureau personnel in executing the closure order on Shoppers Central, Shoppers Plaza, Shoppers Emporium, Shoppers Square and Gateway starting at 8 a.m.

Lozares said that the five Shoppers chain stores failed to remit a total of P54 million in taxes for this year alone.
The closure order was duly ordered and signed by BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares  last August 26, 2011.

The BIR officials and personnel were assisted by policemen of the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company headed by Supt. Diomarie Albarico. It was carried out in coordination with the Zone 2barangay council.

Lozares and some BIR personnel served the closure order to the management of the five stores.
The actual closure and padlocking however took place around 12 noon after the owner and management of the stores asked the BIR to let the employees leave at lunch time.

Lozares said the management failed to comply with the requirements made by the BIR despite the 48-hour notice given to them before the execution of the closure ordertook place.

He said the Shoppers chain management can go to the BIR office and remit even 5% only of the P54 million for him to request BIR central office to lift the closure order.

DZT gathered that hundreds of regular and contractual employees of the Shoppers chain will be out of job for five days or more if the stores’ management would fail to comply with the tax payment.

Lozares reminded the owners of other local business establishments to comply with tax laws to avoid such inconvenience.

The padlocking proceed peacefully as the owner and management  cooperated with the BIR officials.

In a separate interview, Lozares told newsmen that the closure order was part of the BIR’s  “Oplan Candado”.

He said the six stores charged their customers in 2010 a total of P54 million in Expanded- Valued Added Tax or ( E-VAT), but did not remit it to the BIR.
Two department stores in Dipolog City and two in Pagadian City were also closed by BIR for similar violation. — Dan Toribio Jr. and Allen Abastillas