Smuggler crackdown intensifies as regional ports, BIR collectors compare notes
The tax-free days of crooks are numbered.
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña recently signed a memorandum creating Joint Anti-Smuggling Units in local ports, where district directors of the bureau are required to coordinate with regional offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Lapeña is acting upon orders of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, where the regional anti-smuggling units will rabidly go after “erring importers, brokers and BOC personnel” outside of Metro Manila.
This comes as the agency is looking to catch the next Mighty Corp., who has paid P25 billion as tax settlement after authorities discovered that they were using fake tax stamps to evade taxes.
Dominguez wants stronger surveillance in provincial ports, as some illegal goods are being shipped there as importers know that security is loose there compared to Manila.
Backdoor no more!