BIR to go after holiday bazaars, night markets

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned it will go after stalls, tiangges, bazaars, and night markets this holiday season.

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In a recent interview, BIR commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said these businesses should pay taxes properly as they profit more at this time of the year.

Under Revenue Regulations No. 16-2013, store organizers must submit a list of names and addresses of registered stall occupants. Registration fee is P500 for every tiangge shop, which may operate for not more than two weeks.

Withholding tax deductible on rental fees should be five percent.

The tax bureau chief reminded owners/proprietors of such businesses to register and to issue official receipts or invoices to their customers.

Revenue district officers nationwide, Henares added, have been ordered to submit a report on the matter.

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