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BIR Eastern Visayas exhorts taxpayers to avail of Abatement Program

Tacloban City (September 23) -- BIR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Alert B. Alocilja enjoins the taxpayers to avail of the current abatement program pursuant to Revenue Regulations No. 9-2010 dated September 13, 2010.

The Abatement Program is being implemented in line with the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program to deter tax evasion practices and to encourage voluntary compliance of the Internal Revenue laws.

The coverage of the Abatement Program is divided into two types, the Filing of Original Tax Returns and the Filing of Amended Tax Returns.

The Filling of Original Tax Returns covers taxpayers who failed to file returns or pay the correct taxes like income, VAT, percentage, estate, donors, documentary, and other taxes.

This type is covered with specific guidelines which include, among others, that taxpayers may file their return and pay the deficiency taxes due plus interest not later than October 29. No surcharges and compromise penalty shall be imposed. No letter of Authority, Tax verification Notice, Audit Notice, Letter Notices or discrepancy notices has yet been served on the taxpayer for the tax period for which a return is filed.

Also included in the guidelines is that the tax type involved is not the subject of any pending criminal case for tax evasion and other criminal offenses under the Tax Code in Court or Department of Justice or subject of final judgment.

The taxpayer shall execute a Declaration of Availment of the Abatement in triplicate copies with the attachment of photocopy of the return filed with the required attachments and filling of amended tax returns.

Meanwhile, the Filing of Amended Tax Returns covers taxpayers who desire to rectify their returns and pay the correct taxes. This is covered with guidelines which include among others, that the amended return is filed and deficiency tax fully paid, plus interest on or before October 29, 2010. The amendment will result to additional tax payment and the taxpayer has not yet been served LA, TVN, AN, or discrepancy notices for the tax period covered by the Amendment.

Another guideline is that no pending case for tax evasion and other criminal offenses under the tax code or has yet been filed in Court or Department of Justice or subject of final judgment. The taxpayer must also execute a Declaration of Availment of Abatement in triplicate with a photocopy of original return filed and proof of payment of taxes and photocopy of amended return with required attachments and proof of tax payments.

Director Alocilja added that the original return or amended returns shall be filed and paid to an Authorized Agent Banks, authorized collection agents or Revenue Collection Officer within the District Office where the taxpayer is registered or required to register. (PIA 8) [top]

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