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PIA Press Release
2007/05/29

BIR resumes enforcement activities

By Rose Palacio

Davao City (29 May) -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Jose Mario Buñag said after last month’s filing of income taxes, he instructed all regional heads across the country to resume its enforcement activities to further boost tax collection, most especially against those taxpayers who have not been declaring their income correctly.

In Davao region, BIR XI Director Atty. Marcelinda Omila-Yap said Commissioner J Buñag has approved a 10-point action plan/program for the Large Taxpayer Service (LTS), as drafted by OIC-ACIR Nestor S. Valeroso, to further strengthen enforcement and enhance voluntary compliance among large taxpayers.

OIC-ACR Valeroso was formerly a top performer Revenue District Officer in Davao region who has been promoted at the central office BIR.

These activities for implementation include the following strategies: periodic visitations; 24-hour surveillance of identified taxpayers; tax mapping and intensification of audit through the maximum utilization of computer-assisted audit tools (CAATs) and the effective utilization of third party information (TPI) data.

Also included is the implementation of the enhanced industry profiling / benchmarking, intensified campaign for banks to settle industry campaign for banks to settle industry issues on special savings account (SSA) / FCDUs; inventory stocktaking; not to mention the rigid monitoring of taxpayers’ compliance to administrative requirements including export/exempt transactions and large taxpayers’ accounting system; verification of tax incentives by PEZA-BOI registered taxpayers and the comprehensive monitoring of taxpayers’ compliance by account officers using tri-media sources, focused on taxpayers with drastic or substantial reduction of tax payments are among as many measured to be undertaken.

In Davao City, Revenue District Officer Jose Eric Furia said a sustained program on dialogues and conferences are being conducted to appeal to taxpayers for the deferment / minimum usage of input tax credits and tax credit certificates (TCCs).

Just very recently, RDO has conducted a dialogue forum with foreign investors, specifically the Korean businessmen, for them to be able to understand the rules and regulations governing the ongoing business ventures they have in Davao City, RDO Furia said.

As instructed, Commissioner Buñag emphasized that this all-out conduct of enforcement activities shall not be for the Large Taxpayers Group only, but also through all taxpayers in every region and revenue district offices (RDOs) as well. (PIA) [top]

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