Gov’t: Report businesses violating new receipt rule

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MANILA -- As the government prepares to enforce a directive to businesses to issue new receipts by August, Malacañang on Saturday urged consumers to report businesses still not issuing receipts for their sales.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government is taking all steps to ensure tax collection and tax compliance.

“Pwedeng i-report natin 'yan, ang mga ganyan pwedeng i-report kay Commissioner Kim Henares," she said on government-run dzRB radio.

Valte also brushed aside the “dictator” tag on Henares by some businesses complaining about the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s upcoming enforcement of a new receipts rule by August.

The BIR had issued a regulation requiring the use of new receipts, though it deferred the start of the implementation from June 30 to Aug. 30.

With the regulation, all businesses operating in the country should issue new receipts printed by BIR-accredited printers starting Aug. 31.

Violators face a fine of up to P50,000 and/or imprisonment of two to four years.

“It’s not that Commissioner Henares is targeting any... singling out any particular group. It’s part of the steps she and the bureau have been taking to make sure tumaas tax collection and tax compliance natin," Valte said.

She also said one proof Henares is not dictatorial is her response to complaints and comments by extending the deadline.

“Kung dictatorial siya hindi makikinig sa input at kumento but the fact is in-extend ang deadline," she said.