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PIA Press Release
2007/01/17

File your income tax early - BIR

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (17 January) -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) XI Director Marcelinda Omila-Yap urged the taxpaying public to file their yearly income tax returns early.

"Deadline is April 15. but it's best to file your taxes early to avoid rush," she said.

Revenue District Officer Jose Eric Furia meanwhile also urged taxpayers to file their taxes at any revenue district office nearest them. To be filed is the annual income tax returns for the year 2006.

RDO Furia likewise called on the taxpaying public to file the correct taxes and pay their obligations due the government as he reiterated his call to help the government in addressing the present income woes.

Wala gyud mi magkulang sa pag-inform sa mga tawo nga dapat magbayad ug hustong buwis kay ang atong taxes mao kana ang atong modest contribution to national development, Furia said.

RDO Assessment chief Susan Tusoy, who graced the regular BIR Ug Ikaw radio forum aired over DXRP Radyo ng Bayan anchored by Dang Jumala ang the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) explained that purely compensation earners who are working to only one employer are not obliged to file their income tax returns provided their tax due equaled their tax withheld.

Tusoy urged taxpayers to pay their correct taxes to BIR accredited banks. In districts where there is no accredited bank, like in Bunawan, taxpayers may pay their taxes to Bunawan collection agents.

"You are also reminded to remit your withholding tax monthly, the deadline is on or before the 10th of the month of the following month", she said.

BIR is also establishing Tax Tulungan Centers in coordination with the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). The said organization has been extending assistance to BIR and is also giving correct information regarding income tax returns.

"We are also undertaking tax information campaign to all taxpayers, including the barangay captains, professionals, businessmen, students and the community for them to be tax conscious", said Tusoy.

Director Omila-Yap likewise urged for the continued inclusion of tax education to children who are in the elementary level including those in the high school and collegiate levels so that as they grow older they will be aware of their tax obligations and be more responsive to what is due the government. (PIA- XI) [top]

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