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BIR gears for taxpayer friendly filing season campaign

Tacloban City (March 14) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue informed that it has requested all Authorized Agent Banks to extend their banking hours and assign additional personnel during the April income tax filing season.

This is contained in bank Bulletin No. 2010-11 issued by BIR Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres in order to ensure that all taxpayers will be served.

The banks have been requested to extend their banking hours up to 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon for the period of April 5 to 15 and to accommodate tax payments from taxpayers who are already within the bank premises by the close of the said extended banking hours.

The banks will also open on two Saturdays, March 27 in lieu of April 3 which is Black Saturday, and on April 10, to accept tax payments.

Keen on conducting a taxpayer friendly campaign, the BIR has also called on the banks to accept two or more checks in payment for a single tax liability.

On stamping of the ITRs and attachments, all AABs will receive the ITRS by stamping on the space provided for in three (3) copies of the returns.

The attached Audited Financial Statement must be stamped "received" only on the page of the Audit Certificate, the Balance Sheet and the Income Statement.

The other pages of the AFS and its attachments need not anymore be stamped "received" pursuant to Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 6-2010.

The Commissioner stressed that said AABs will ensure that the returns/payment forms and/or deposit slips are machine- validated and the details of payment are clearly imprinted in all the copies.

All AABs should accept photocopies, electronic/computer-generated BIR Forms/Returns, in lieu of the officially printed forms, as long as they are originally filled up and signed by the taxpayer or duly authorized representative.

Further, certain out-of-district income tax returns like BIR Forms 1700, 1701, 1701Q and 1702 are to be accepted without imposing penalties on taxpayers for wrong filing venue. (PIA 8) [top]

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