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Teachers crowd BIR office on tax filing deadline

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (17 April) -- As usual, the deadline-beaters for the filing of individual income tax returns crammed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District Office Number 90 here yesterday, April 16, the last day of filing.

This time around, however, many of the late filers were teachers, a not-so-familiar sight, since this was not the case last year.

Noemi Abiera Pizon, Revenue District Officer, told PIA in a phone interview that the influx of mentors was caused mainly by the late arrival on Friday of their Form 2316.

Only when the teachers got hold of their respective Form 2316 copies three days before deadline did they learn that most of them have had a lesser amount of withholding tax deductions paid compared with their tax dues, Pizon disclosed.

On Saturday April 14 and on deadline day yesterday, Pizon said her office was filled with teachers who personally paid the difference of an average of P1,000, others much higher.

Public sector employees had been using the substituted filing of income taxes, in which each government agency would file the returns in behalf of the personnel.

But such system can be applied only when the tax due and the withholding tax were even, RDO Pizon said, and that was not the case with the teachers, something the local BIR Chief could not understand.

Aside from the crowd of educators, the process of income tax filing had been orderly, Pizon informed, as private business, through their accountants had filed much earlier their returns.

Meanwhile, RDO Pizon revealed that for this year the tax collection goal assigned to her office was P217.5 million, but she was quick to add that this was still tentative, with a hint of hope the new objective can be lowered like last year’s.

This new goal is again much higher than their actual tax collection for 2006 amounting to P206 Million, RDO Pizon added. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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