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BIR Caraga implements 10 strategies to increase revenue in 2010

by Jocelyn E. Morano

Butuan City (February 26) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue has launched 10 strategies to intensify tax campaign activities for 2010 and identified 3 priority areas, 16 programs and 108 activities and projects that will push BIR to attain its successes for the current year.

BIR Regional Director Atty. Eduardo Bajador has announced, the biggest bulk of their collection which accounts 50.23% comes from the Income Tax, followed by revenues on value-added tax at 33.69%.

Comparatively, the collection for 2009 has exceeded 4.18% with that from 2008, as BIR Caraga obtained more than 2.1 million in 2009 compared to only 1.8million in 2008.

This year, BIR Caraga have adopted the theme: "Making the Public Know" that aptly reflects the thrust of pursuing a high visibility of communication to all stakeholders of BIR's tax administration activities and initiatives that also highlights the transparency policy that the BIR will be vigorously promoting.

"These directions will help in improving the voluntary compliance of taxpayers as they become aware of the activities of the BIR and more information on the tax compliance requirements," emphasized Atty. Bajador.

This year, to help meet tax collection targets Revenue Region No. 17 (BIR Caraga) has announced its 10 strategies to include: high visibility public awareness campaign on the enforcement and service programs, integrated approach in administering the large taxpayers, re-invigorating the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program, enhanced and strategic enforcement approaches, focus of big ticket items, more rigorous third party matching campaign, expanded linkage with key institutions, effective partnership with taxpayers and tax practitioners, close monitoring and investment incentive programs and motivating the BIR workforce.

The BIR Caraga-region oversees the revenue collections efforts of four regional district offices, namely: Butuan-RD 103, RD 104 -Bayugan, Agusan del Sur; RD 105 Surigao and RD 106 -Tandag, Surigao del Sur.

Audit and investigation as an effective tool in the collection and payment of taxes through conduct of quality audit of selected taxpayers for 2009 generated a total collection and assessment amounting to almost 50million and more than 86.3M assessment with RDO103 topping the list having a collection of 24,303,665 pesos, and 7,137,035 assessment followed by RDO106 with 8,990,563 and more than 9.1million assessment.

Revenue Region 17 or the BIR Caraga assigned collection goal for 2010 in the amount of more than 2.494 million pesos and hopes to collect 1.231M in income tax and 825 thousand for value added tax.

"The increased collections every year not only helped our district target but also boosted the region's target collection. The tax collection performance is largely due to the ongoing tax education and information campaign coupled with the various measures and strategies being implemented by every district revenue offices in the region aimed to exceed their respective target collection goals," said BIR Regional Director Atty. Eduardo Bajador. (Radyo ng Bayan-Butuan/ PIA-Caraga) [top]

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