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BIR launches "Making the Public Know" campaign in Northern Mindanao

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (11 February) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has intensified its public assistance and awareness campaign to guarantee higher voluntary compliance on tax obligations by prompt filing of returns and payment of correct taxes.

Thus stressed Deputy BIR Commissioner Marietta U. Lorenzo, during the launching of the 2010 Tax Campaign Kick Off by BIR Revenue Region 16 in Northern Mindanao, held Feb. 10, at the Limketkai Rotonda, this city.

This year's campaign theme of "Making the Public Know," will focus on BIR's goal of ensuring extensive dissemination of information on BIR's various programs and projects, as well, as developments in taxation, she said.

Lorenzo, who also heads the BIR Tax Reform Administration Group, said the campaign, which is waged by BIR before the April 15 deadline of filling the tax returns simply means three (3) things:

That BIR is here to serve the public through the Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) to save time and effort in filing returns by the taxpayers;

That BIR will inform taxpayers to pay the correct taxes and to strictly enforce the program to Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) and implement the Oplan Kandado, for those who do not; and

That BIR will see to the compliance of "Premyo sa Resibo" to encourage the issuance of official receipts for any business or professional transaction and that it has established the "ecomplaint" service to receive complaints against the BIR or its employees.

Meanwhile, she congratulated Regional Director Esmeralda M. Tabule of BIR, RR 16 and her employees for their collection performance, last month.

A total of P355.69M in various types of taxes was collected by BIR RR 16 last January, higher by P82.758M or 30.32 percent (%) over that of P272.934M during the same period, last year.

The highest increase was posted by Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 98, Cagayan de Oro City with P42.245M, RDO No. 99, Malaybalay City, P12.895M, RDO No.100, Ozamiz City, P10.641M, RDO No.101, Iligan City, P8.66M and RDO No. 102, Marawi City, P8.38M.

In terms of percentage increase, however, RDO 102 posted the highest with 75.10 percent (%), followed by RDO 100 with 37.89 percent (%), RDO 99 with 35.81 percent (%), RDO 98 with 29.03 percent (%), and RDO 101, 23.12 percent (%). (PIA 10) [top]

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