BIR chief insists on new receipts by July
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief Kim Henares is firm that businesses must use new receipts come July.
Henares on Monday refused to extend the deadline for old receipts, despite claims by businessmen they were not informed of the new regulation.
The BIR will phase out old receipts as part of its efforts to round up tax cheats.
It also rejected businessmen’s call for an extension.
One trader, Charlemagne Lim, gets his receipts printed in bulk for his restaurant.
The BIR’s decision to phase out out receipts took Lim by surprise.
“(The old receipts are) good for one or two years, pangmatagalan. Then all of a sudden, malalaman namin di na puwedeng gamitin. Sayang sa pera,” Lim said.
Under the regulation released by the BIR, old receipts are only valid until June 30.
Businessmen were given until April 30 this year to either ask the BIR for new receipts or to be given authority to print.
However, some are complaining saying the BIR did not inform the public well about the new regulation.
“Hindi maliit na halaga ang isanlibong multa sa munting negosyo tulad ng gym sa pabente-bente singko na singil,” said gym owner Venzon Ang.
They are now asking for a 6-month extension before the new rule is implemented — a call that Henares rejects.
“I dont think there’s reason to extend it. We have given everyone 6 months. Mahabang panahon na iyun,” she said.
Some printers can hardly keep up with the demand for the new receipts.
“Merong mga nagtatanong at least 8 to 10 a day, pero hindi na kaya ng mga makina namin eh,” one printing press owner said.
Henares said the BIR is rushing to phase out old receipts across the country.
“May nadiskubre kaming mga negosyo na nagpi-print ng O.R. at binebenta sa ibang negosyo. May sindikato ng ex-police at militar,” she said.
Source: ABS-CBN News