BIR files raps vs 2 flower shops on Valentine’s Day


Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—On the day of hearts, the Bureau of Internal Revenue filed cases against two flower shops in Makati City for not issuing duly registered receipts to their customers buying their flowers.

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares on Thursday said her office has filed complaints at the Department of Justice against Flowers by Sylvia and Casa Flores Inc., for violating section 237 of the Tax Code or not issuing duly registered or sales/commercial invoices.

The BIR filed the complaint against Sylvia Pimentel, owner of Flowers of Sylvia, whose shop is located in San Antonio Village in Makati City.

It said a covert operation was conducted on the flower shop this month where a revenue officer posed as a customer and bought flowers. But upon getting his change, he was not issued a sales invoice or official receipt. He allegedly only got an unregistered provisional receipt, which did not conform to the invoicing requirement provided under the law.

The BIR then issued a mission order that allowed it to conduct a tax compliance verification drive on the flower shop and confiscate its invoice booklets and provisional receipt booklets. These booklets were found not to be duly registered with the BIR.

In a similar case, the BIR filed a complaint against Belen Bactad, Edgar Bactad and Fe Bactad De Leon, president, vice president and treasurer/secretary, respectively, of Casa Flores at A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City.

A mission order was also issued that allowed the BIR to conduct a tax compliance verification drive on Casa Flores and the confiscation of their invoice/delivery receipt booklets and cash invoice booklets. These booklets also were found to be not duly registered with the BIR.

The BIR said violators of that provision in the tax code could face imprisonment of two to four years and a fine of at least P1,000.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    These flower shops must have been reported by a competitor to attract the attention of the BIR, otherwise so many businesses don’t issue any receipt at all.

    • chingnarciso

      Seguro, hindi nagbigay ng lagay sa BIR enforcer..

  • kilabot

    that’s what i like about kimhenares. 
    she is an avid bir enforcer; 
    she gets her 0rgasm from filing bir cases.

    • Gener Gozum

      ok na sana pero bakit kailangan pang maging bastos.

      • Aye

        Mas bastos po yata ang mga negosyo na hindi nagbabayad ng buwis. Ang buwis ay kinokolekta upang maging puhunan sa mga proyekto ng gobyerno na makaktulong sa taong bayan (huwag ka nang mag reklamo ng korupsyon). Kaya ang mga negosyo na hindi nagbabayad ng buwis ang isa sa mga dahilan na walang pera ang gobyerno. 

      • chingnarciso

        may pera sana ang gobyerno,kung hindi  ipina christmast bunos ni Enrile sa kanyang ka

    • Spokesman2

      Kaya naman pala mukha na syang o_g_s_

  • florence457

    What you baited on your hook Ms Henares are small fishes. Conduct at random nationwide inspection operandi and you can net bigger fishes and the jail in our country would be inadequate to accommodate these violators of the receipt law. Your endeavor is without doubt highly appreciated but  your program to restore the lost trust of the public can have a significant meaning if you amplify it to a daily chore without restraint nor fear or favor deleting as you ply the route the presence of extortion activity of your personnel harboring hidden agenda in guise of acting on your directive.

  • boybakal

    Poor flower shop, poor small business owners.
    Why undergo an operation just to know about receipts.
    The best thing this BIR should do is ASK FOR A RECEIPT!!!!! Simple as that.
    Or oblige a mandatory….Cash Register for automatic receipt….Stpid.

  • boybakal

    BIR files raps vs 2 flower shops on Valentine’s Day…..

    Why file a case at once….give them warning or citation to correct the mistake.
    And if they don’t follow….impose fine or penalty.
    Cases are too harsh and too burdensome for small business owners.

    • Aye

      Those are not small business owners. Flowers by Sylvie has many branches. And they earn huge profits. 

      What you are saying is like “Don’t file a case against a drunk driver, give him a warning first.” And will you be willing to face the consequences if ever you are hit by the drunk driver? These “small” businesses are cheating taxes on us. BIR is doing a great job at collecting the money for the people. Imagine how many small businesses do not pay taxes, and it amounts such a great sum that could help our government greatly if the money was collected.

    • TotoyKalentong

      apparently it is a habit of businesses to keep two sets of books, one for actual sales and one for sales issued with receipts. they don’t report actual sales to keep taxes (business tax and income tax) low. if you’re honest it has to come naturally to issue receipts unless its just P25 and below 

    • chingnarciso

      Warning are for the rich people only,but if you are small fish,you will became

  • carol

    Maawa naman kayo sa mga maliliit na negosyo, bakit di ninyo pagtuunan ang mga mayayamang chinese, bakit dahil ba may lagay sila?

    • im_earth

       maybe the BIR already filed on them.
      Its just not visible in the media since it will not be trending issue for valentines day.

  • orly batallones

    My God… are we really desperate? or just plain pea-brained?

    • opinyonlangpo

      Plain pea-brained.

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  • im_earth

    BIR is not ur only enemy on not filing ur tax correctly.
    It could be ur business competitor or ur best friend to divulge information beneficiary to the complainant.

  • Spokesman2

    Wala sigurong paKIMkim kaya tinuluyan.
    Kim Kim yung mga taysikad sa amin hindi din nag iissue ng resibo.
    Pati yung mag tataho sa amin. Paki inbestigahan naman.

  • Bansot

    C’mon Ms Henares, don’t be over zealous with your work. I admire you for your honest efforts, but please be compassionate enough. These are only simple businessmen, and perhaps a penalty commensurate with the value of goods they’d sold plus a stern warning will make them comply properly. There are other sophisticated businessmen,goverment officials and private citizens who deliberately circumvent our tax laws and get away with them,… those should be your targets. Besides, the costs on the part of the government to file and complete these cases will probably be  higher than what you may able to recoup from these small business people. The trade off between costs and benefits does not equate. You may shut down their small ventures but will this really help in reducing our social problems or you’re just  adding more people to the unemployed????

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    • chingnarciso

      may sasahihin sana ako pero wala nang na ng lahat..

  • virgo57

    Commissioner Kim Henares if you are indeed serious in your campaign, don’t look elsewhere since the big fishes are enclosed in a transparent aquarium and they are prominent Chinese who short changed our government and you are aware on that so please don’t be double standard masyado kang mahigpit sa maillit na naghanapbuhay palibhasa Intsik ka.

  • bogli_anakdami

    walastik naman naman namannnn…

    i do not condone their actions, but, the multi-million peso magnanakaws are left unscathed…

    yun ang dapat bigyan ng pansin at media exposure…

    hay naku, flip gung gongs, your priorities are phucked up…

    yun lang…

  • boybakal

    What the government should do is….No more Pork Barrel and Allowances sa mga Congressmen and Senators.
    Imagine, billions and hundred billion savings.
    In this case the govt will save more money.
    And the effect is…BIR will not be pressured in collection, collection to the max at the expense of small business owners and taxpayers.
    Ganyan lang yan…cylce…collect bigay collect.

  • Missy Thurngood

    Congrats to the ambitious Kim Henares.  You really hit the bigtime with these flower shops. What next? Mga magtataho?

  • richard ortega

    ginawa nyo yan para matakot ang mga maliliit na negosyante, pero dapat mas unahin ang malalaking magnanakaw.

  • Guest

    OA naman ito. What about going after Marantan, Enrile and Gigi Reyes? These people have so much hidden wealth to last them several lifetimes.

    But then again, this Kim Henares hates Valentine’s Day. Her husband deliberately works long hours and stays away from home as much as possible. Kim’s entire body is covered with skin rashes, a congenital condition made even worse because of obesity. For the same reason, she could not enjoy regular soap therefore making her stink all the more. Kawawa this Kim Henares. She’s only going for propaganda but not going after the big fish. Kung sa bagay, she stinks to high heavens, mas malansa pa sya sa big fish. Baboy talaga this Kim Henares.

  • Bansot

    MS Henares the costs of printing their personal receipts and had these stamped by the BIR will far exceed the profit that these seasonal business people will realize . As well, by the time your BIR office has stamped their receipts , Valentine’s Day will be far over and their flowers had weathered away!! Please be realistic. What about those scavengers who are selling scrapped irons, and old newspapers , are you going to ask them for receipts as well???

  • bogli_anakdami

    i recommend to ms kim to brush her teeth twice daily and use whitening toothpaste para mas maganda ang smile, di ba?

    she’s a cutie, ain’t she???… mr cupid works in mysterious ways, ano sa palagay ninyo?

    • spider69

      iki-kiskis ko na lang sa pader kung siya ang syota ko.

  • $20722540

    nagpakitang gilas nanaman si henares bakit flower shop millions ng negosyo na hindi naman nagbibigay ng resibo…gusto mo lang magcreate ng ingay para sabihin nagtrabaho ka.  tama ang ginagawa mo pero unahin mo yong mga malaking negosyante.  go for the big fish in a big pond not fish in the smallest pond…gets mo!!!

    • spider69

      Yes, you were correct 100%. dapat ang malaking isda ang punahin at kasuhan. ang dami nasa tabi mo lang Ms. Kim Henares. walang kumpare at kumare nor kamag-anak.

  • boybakal

    No question BIR is doing its job….Collection.
    But please magbigay  naman kayo ng Refund especially this Income Tax year.
    US Refund last year…20 Billion dollars.
    Canada Refund ……… 3 Billion dollars.
    Philippines……………..0 Peso refund.

  • PureBloodedPinoy247

    Huwag na po nating patulan itong mga ganiring nagagawa ng gobyerno. Sa batas po lahat pantay pantay dapat. Walang malaki o maliit na isda. Dapat kung may ginawang mali, dapat ituwid. Ganon lang po ka simple dapat. Pag hindi kumikilos nasisita, pag kumikilos, nasisita pa rin. He he he easy lang po tayo kung maaari lang po. Kaya po di tayo umaasenso eh, lahat na lang may nasasabi tayo. Ang mahalaga po ay may ginagawang tamang patakaran at pamamalakad ang BIR. Napakahirap pong labanan ang lahat lahat na baluktot sa ating bayan, unang una na po ang ating mga ugali. Sana po ay magtulong tulong tayo para sa ikauunland ng Pilipinas. Puro po tayo reklamo at pintas, naitanong po ba natin sa sarili natin kung ano ang magagawa nating pwede ibahagi para sa ika uunlad ng bansa natin at gobyerno. Sana po mag isip isip po tayong lahat.
    Tumulong po tayo sa pag aalis ng graft and corruptions, crimes, at sa iba pang kailangan natin para tayo po ay umunlad na bansa at mamamayang Pilipino.  Huwag po nating labanan ang matuwid na sistema.  Mabuhay po tayong lahat at maraming marami pong salamat.


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