Ahfat padlocked

BIR: Chinese restaurant fails to pay P31 million
THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR-11) yesterday padlocked the three branches of Ahfat Seafoods Plaza, a popular homegrown Chinese restaurant, for undeclared sale taxes that could reach P31 million in over two years.

BIR Davao Regional Director Nuzar Balatero said they closed Ahfat due to the understatement of taxable sales by 30%.

Balatero said they already gave notice to the owner but they did not receive any response.

BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay signed the closure order, Balatero said.

According to Balatero, Ahfat has undeclared income of P63 million in 2015, P74 million in 2016 and P17 million in the first quarter of 2017.

He added that the restaurant has a total of P19.6 million basic tax due.

However, Balatero said Ahfat could pay P2.1 million, the amount payable for the first quarter of the 2017, so they can temporarily resume operation, as the 2015 and 2016 figures are still under investigation.

Under the law, the owner of the restaurant has to pay the taxes within five days after the closure. Failure to do so may force the BIR to file the case in court.

Balatero, meanwhile, reminds establishments to pay proper taxes to avoid facing closure orders.

“This serves as a warning for all other establishments to pay their taxes properly,” Balatero said.

The closure of Ahfat is part of the BIR’s Oplan Kandado. Under the program, business operations of non-compliant taxpayers will be suspended and their establishments will be temporarily closed if they will be found to have violated certain tax laws.

Rodrigo Rebamonte, revenue district officer of BIR 11, revealed that there are four business establishments up for closure.

Saddened

All the branches of Ahfat are located at the compound of Victoria Plaza in Bajada. It reportedly employed 100 personnel.

Nilo Jesukristo, a service crew of Ahfat for 18 years, was saddened by the closure of the restaurants.

Nahiubos kaayo ko kay mawad-an mig trabaho. Asa nalang ko mangita og akong panginabuhian (I am saddened that we will be losing our job. Where will I find a job)?,” Jesukristo said.

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