Thursday , October 21 2021

Bohol resort opens 2 hours after BIR shutdown due to tax delinquency


PANGLAO, Bohol – Less than two hours after it was ordered by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), a high-end resort here.

The 400-room Bohol Hennan Resort on Alona Beach in Panglao resumed operations after paying its tax obligation to BIR.

The closure sign, which was put up by BIR on the entrance of the resort's convention center, said had been taken down, said Henan legal counsel Alan Siu.

He explained that there was no tax delinquency on the part of the hotel but only a delay in the payment with BIR.

He declined to disclose the amount paid to BIR

Eduard Pagulayan, BIR director for Central Visayas, implemented a closure order on Hennan past 11 a.m. on Tuesday for failing to declare its total income

"Their (Bohol Hennan Resort Inc) gross receipt is under-declared by more than 30 percent. That's the violation, "Pagulayan told the Inquirer after putting the closure notice on the entrance of the hotel's convention center.

He did not say how much he was owing to the government except that amount was "substantial."

Pagulayan said Hennan was the first hotel in Bohol shut down by BIR since the agency started implementing Oplan Kandado that aimed to maximize the degree of tax compliance and impose heavy penalties on tax offenders.

The agency's surveillance on Hennan started last September after they noticed discrepancies in the resort's tax declaration.

The BIR sent a 48-hour Notice of violation and Notice of compliance to Hennan but the hotel management did not respond to any, the closure order ordering agency.

"This is a strong message that they should pay their taxes religiously," said Pagulayan.

"Sana tumulong sa ating gobyierno dahil kailangan natin ng maraming pondo sa Build, Build, Build on the Pangulo Magazine Tweaking buhis (They should be helping our government, since we need Build, Build, Build program of our funds for a lot of funds. That is why it is necessary that they should pay correct taxes, "he added.

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