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PIA Press Release
2008/03/06

File and pay taxes early, BIR reminds public

Davao City (6 March) -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regional director Atty. Marcelinda Omila-Yap urged the taxpaying public to file and pay their taxes early to avoid overcrowding at the BIR regional office and at the Revenue District Office (RDO).

Yap said the deadline of filing is on April 15, 2008 and that taxpayers should not pay their taxes at the BIR office but should make their payments at any banks accredited by the BIR.

Meanwhile, Finance Secretary Margarito Teves instructed revenue-generating agencies of the government to "clean up and collect more revenues to increase the payback of economic reforms" needed by the people in terms of much-needed social services and programs of the Administration.

With this order, Director Omila-Yap said the BIR regional office is strengthening its campaign specifically on the issuance of official receipts and sales invoices adding that if consumers will not demand for sales invoices, business establishments can reduce payment of their taxes due the government.

They will have the reason to pay less taxes because purchases are not reflected in their books of accounts, explained Director Omila-Yap.

She said the BIR is now doubling its tax collection campaign to achieve its target goal collections. Usually, more than a billion pesos from the last year's target goal are imposed for this year's target in every regional office of the BIR.

Information drive is now being undertaken in coordination with various government agencies and the local government units (LGUs) and various radio stations.

The BIR advocacy team is composed of Maritess Nartatez of the BIR regional office; Revenue District Officer Jose Eric Furia; Susan Tusoy, BIR-RDO assessment section chief; and Beverly Montebon.

The government remains vigilant in pursuing measures to mitigate the looming energy and oil crisis that has affected the lives of the people.

Director Omikla-Yap urged the consuming public to also be vigilant in asking for official receipts everytime they purchase goods regardless of any amount.

Your vigilance in demanding for officials receipts would be of great help to the government in its effort to increase tax collections. Let's also share our responsibility as a law-abiding citizen because demanding for sales invoices is for the good and welfare of the whole Filipino people, she stressed.

Asking for official receipts or sales invoices for any purchase made is already one way of sharing your duty in helping government increase its revenue collections, she added.. (PIA) [top]

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