11 POGO branches shut due to tax violations, BIR says


Posted at Nov 27 2019 10:47 AM | Updated as of Nov 27 2019 01:48 PM

MANILA – (UPDATE) The Bureau of Internal Revenue said Wednesday it shut 11 offshore gaming branches for tax violations.
The branches owned by service provider New Oriental Club88 Corp were closed by the BIR for not paying taxes. The branches were also unregistered, BIR deputy commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa said. 

New Oriental is one of the biggest firms running offshore gaming operations in the country, he said. It also operates a customer relations service and live streaming studio in Makati City, the BIR said. 

A 48-hour notice will be issued to the main branch of New Oriental Club88, ordering it to register its other branches or face more closure orders.

Some lawmakers said the country could earn as much as P20 billion from POGO taxes. The Department of Finance earlier said POGOs could be subjected to income taxes.

The government has intensified its crackdown on illegitimate operations following a plea from China to "punish" firms that illegally recruit its nationals. 

-- with a report from Bruce Rodriguez, ABS-CBN News