BIR Region 1 exceeds collection goal
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (11 November) -- Tax collection agents in Region 1 cannot afford to relax but will continue to work hard for the rest of the year although the goal for 2010 has practically been achieved as of October, the Bureau of Internal Revenue said Tuesday in a radio interview.
Lawyer Beverly Milo bared that BIR Region 1 already collected as of October 31 P5,035,588,646, which was 26.14 percent more than the P3,992,139,673 collected last year for the same period.
The collection was 13.73 percent more than the P4,427,748,000 goal for that period, she said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over Radyo ng Bayan DZMQ.
Asked if the regional office headed by Regional Director Tomas Rosales could already relax because the collection for December was already considered a bonus, Milo said the staff would continue to work hard.
Revenue District Officer Yolanda Ferrer of district no. 4 based in Calasiao town also bared that the district surpassed its collection goal for the period January to October. The district collected P1,368,250,599, up by P155 million over the P1.2 billion goal. The district collected P1.1 billion last year for the same period.
She admitted that she and her staff got worried when the bureau revised its goal starting July and especially when collection for that month went down. "Bumagyo pa nga pero dahil sa pinaigting na tax collection efforts nalampasan pa namin yong goal," she said.
Lawyer Francisco Sarmiento of the legal division said that the regional office was able to surpass its goal because of coordinated efforts by the staff on such activities as surveillance, tax mapping, multi-tasking and data matching with local government units so as to widen tax collection base.
Told that the collection target may be higher next year, the officials said they will do their jobs as tax collectors as mandated considering that government's expenses rise year after year. The bureau contributes as much as 60 percent to the national treasury, followed by the Bureau of Customs and other revenue-generating agencies.
Carmelito Caday of the taxpayers' assistance unit also urged the public to try their luck at the Instant Premyo sa Resibo which awards prizes like cellphone loads, brand new cars and cash of up to P1million. More than 100 became instant millionaires already.
Caday said every receipt secured for any purchase or service helps the government collects the right amount of taxes. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]