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BIR-CAR gives recognition to top taxpayers

by Teody Vedarosaga

Baguio City (13 February) -- With the theme "Buwis Na Binabayaran, Bayan Ang Nakikinabang, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) launched last week its campaign for taxable year 2010 encouraging all tax payers to file their income tax before the April 15 deadline.

According to BIR Deputy Commissioner Gregorio V. Cabantac, tax collection is important for the betterment of the nation, as the taxes being collected have a multiplier effect on infrastructure, medicine, education and to the other services of the government for the people.

It is an obligation of every Filipino, as a citizen of this country, to pay his taxes to contribute and be a part of nation building, Cabantac added.

To highlight the launching, BIR-CAR gave recognition awards to the region's top individual and corporate taxpayers for tax calendar year 2009. The awarding was spearheaded b0 Cabantac, BIR Regional Director Norberto Vitug and city Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. BIR-CAR Provincial Revenue District Officers were also present during the awarding.

For the top individual taxpayers for 2009, the awardees were Alexander B. Barona (Abra), Imelda T. Lao (Baguio), Senly T. Loy Jr. (Benguet), Abeleth Dirige Kochi (Mountain Province) and Christine Wangdali from Kalinga.

The five top corporate taxpayer awardees were Lorenzo L. Kho & Sons Realty Corp. of Abra, Texas Instrument Phils. Inc. for Baguio, HEDCOR Inc. for Benguet, Rural Bank of Bontoc Inc. for Mt. Province, Star Veneer Manufacturing for Kalinga and Lagawe Highlands Rural Bank for Ifugao.

In his message, Cabantac stressed that these awardees are role models to the public and must be followed by those irresponsible individuals who forget to pay their taxes.

You are building our nation when you pay income tax. It I creates a multiplier effect generating more jobs, assisting the poor for delivering basic social services, salaries of government workers and for the development of our nation through its infrastructure projects, he urged.

Cabantac also stressed that the BIR will continue to file tax evasion case against any person or establishment neglecting to pay their taxes. "We do not want to see the people go to jail because of tax evasion. But we do not want to compromise the government," he said.

The BIR was able to file criminal charges against 127 tax evaders in the country with six convictions within a period of one year.

Meanwhile, BIR-CAR exceeded its tax collection goal last year when it was able to collect over P3 billion from both individual and corporate taxpayers in the different parts of the region. (PIA) [top]

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