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BIR Capiz tax drive off to a good start

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (14 February) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Capiz was able to raise more than P37.07 million in January 2008.

The collection is more than P0.5 million higher than the collection in January last year amounting to more than P36.57 million.

Capiz BIR Collection Supervisor Socorro Besa disclosed that the January 2008 goal of P41.694 million is 14 percent higher than the collection goal in January last year.

The 2007 revenue collection of the Revenue District Office here reached P390.569 million, Besa said.

On the other hand, Information Officer Ma. Gracia Balgos said that they have already conducted a kick off activity for the launching of the income tax filing season.

Balgos said that a regionwide caravan, led by BIR Regional Office 6, that kicked off on February 13 from Iloilo to Capiz and the other provinces in Western Visayas is a public awareness campaign on the filing of income taxes on time to avoid penalties.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo earlier expressed determination to go after tax cheats and prosecute them, stressing that there would be no "sacred cows" in the campaign against tax cheats.

Meanwhile, BIR Capiz Chief Eralen de Aro vowed to double up their efforts in their campaign towards raising more revenues.

De Aro said that they are also conducting tax mapping operation and other tax campaign initiatives to reach their revenue collection goal that would fund more programs and services as social payback to the public. (PIA) [top]

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