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  1. garbonzo

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    From Manila Bulletin.....no comment :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    Expats' dummies own most of dive site's properties
    September 3, 2009, 7:53pm
    DUMAGUETE CITY (PNA) — Most if not all of the foreshore areas in Dauin town in Negros Oriental are now in the hands of foreigners engaged in the business of resorts and dive shops.

    Dauin, which is some 12 kilometers north of Dumaguete, capital city of Negros Oriental province, is considered one of the best world-class dive destinations in the country.

    A total of 14 foreigners reportedly own resorts and beaches in Dauin, some of them using dummies
    as incorporators.

    This was confirmed by Mayor Rodrigo Alanano who assured his constituents he will pursue efforts to collect taxes from said dummy-fronted businesses.

    The mayor said he has reason to believe some of these resorts and dive shops are not paying the right taxes due Government.

    He said these resorts earn millions of pesos, but not even a fourth of their gross income is declared.

    The mayor disclosed that these resorts and dive shops buy tickets from the municipality at R200 per dive at the marine sanctuary and then turn around and sell these tickets for as much as R2,500 to dive enthusiasts.

    From January to July this year, Dauin town had earnings of R6.5 million from dive tickets alone.

    With data gathered in cooperation with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Alanano said he will not stop and will not give up until these foreigners pay the right taxes.

    Alanano said one foreigner engaged in resorts and dive shops is presently establishing an upland resort with a different name using dummies.
     
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    the poles must have switched, always thought Dauin was south of Dumaguete :rolleyes:
     
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    The mayor disclosed that these resorts and dive shops buy tickets from the municipality at R200 per dive at the marine sanctuary and then turn around and sell these tickets for as much as R2,500 to dive enthusiasts.

    From January to July this year, Dauin town had earnings of R6.5 million from dive tickets alone.

    Total B.S. they may charge 2500 for the dive including rental equip and the sanctuary fee at the most. they are lucky diveshops buy the tickets in bulk and sell them to the divers at face value which is printed on the ticket. A lot of times the collectors are not even present to check 6.5 mil does a lot for the town as that is not even including the taxes that are paid on top of it. I pay my tax and most foreigners who own businesses do as we are scrutinized more carefully than our local competitors:mad:
     
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    Well, He just want to jump on the boat after he probably saw the following in the news:

    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    ANGELES CITY -- Sending a strong message to tax violators, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) continues to close down erring business establishments through its nationwide "Oplan Kandado" program.

    Revenue officials on Thursday swooped down Pacific Breeze Hotel here to serve the closure notice for not declaring around 70 percent of its total income.

    The closure notice was served by BIR Regional Director Romulo Aguila Jr., Deputy Commissioners Celia King, Lucita Rodriguez, and Paul Vidanez, and Remier Macatangay, who represented BIR Commissioner Sixto Esquivias IV.

    “The establishment failed to comply with the procedures and have been notified repeatedly to settle accounts but have failed to do so,” Aguila said.

    He added that the company would have to settle its accounts before it could operate again.
    Aguila said the Oplan Kandado Program was implemented early this year and is aimed at shutting down firms that with deliberate intent do not file tax returns or issue statements and those that understate their revenues or income by more than 30 percent.

    "Oplan Kandado is the flagship project of Commissioner Sixto Esquivias IV, wherein the BIR will padlock establishments that are violating the law, particularly the Value Added Tax (VAT),” Aguila said.

    Aguila is asking the public to help report tax evaders because they will not only be helping the government but also themselves.

    As a BIR informer, they will be entitled to monetary rewards under the BIR's Run After Tax Evaders or RATE program.

    Under the program, an informer is entitled to 10 percent of the amount that will eventually be collected from the tax evaders.

    Pursuant to Section 115 of the Tax Code, any establishment found to be in violation of non-issuance of receipts, not filing of tax returns, under declaration of sales by at least 30 percent, will be a candidate for closure under the said program.

    The BIR also assured that all information regarding the informers will be in full confidentiality to guarantee their safety.

    SunStar Report.


    christmas and elections are coming, so don't forget to pay your "Extra-taxes" to the correct channels.

    There are many ways to get the tax-cheaters...
    ... throwing 150 plus cash-bringing tourists out of their room is insane, ridiculous and for sure is none of them.

    That should go into the Guinness book as " the most stupid way to treat visitors of your country".

    that is exactly the Philippine hospitality which makes those 150 plus visitors to promote the Philippines until the end of their days.

    I wonder how far officials would go to p!@$ off tourists and investors.... nah, there is no ending when it comes to showing off and having the face in the newspaper...to show some "power"

    Foreigners are welcome to invest, and after they spend Millions, bringing also Millions of visitors over the years who spend billions outside the resorts into the local economy, it is time to kick them out and ruin the business again with running local style...

    Diving wise, the Philippines would not even exist on the worldmap of diving if those pioneers wouldn't have invested their money into the industry.

    Of course taxes have to be paid accordingly and if businesses don't pay, shut them down !!!

    I assume if it would run like that 95% of local businesses would be closed down first...

    cheers

    Rhoody
     
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    But it sounds like there are still willing to do business with a dummy.
     
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    O O stick to their own hehe
     
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    Politicking is very frustrating.
     
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    Only when you are not into it :D
    For those into it it is very rewarding :wink:
     
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