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Tax amnesty deadline on March 6

By Rose Palacio

Davao City (9 February) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is calling delinquent taxpayers to avail of the Tax Amnesty program of the government,the deadline of which is set on March 6, 2008.

BIR Regional Director Atty. Marcelinda Omila-Yap and Revenue District Officer Jose Eric Furia, said taxpayers who have fully complied with the conditions under Republic Act 9480 or the Tax Amnesty program of the government, are entitled with immunities and privileges.

Section 10 of RA 9480 states that "the taxpayer shall be immune from the payment of taxes, as well as additions thereto, and the appurtenant civil, criminal or administrative penalties under the National Internal Revenue Code of 1977, as amended, arising from the failure to pay any and all internal revenue taxes for taxable year 2005 and prior years."

RA 9480 refers to "An Act Enhancing Revenue Administration and Collection by Granting an Amnesty on All Unpaid Internal Revenue Taxes imposed by the National Government for Taxable Year 2005 and Prior Years."

Director Omilla-Yap said the national officials of BIR conducted a National Roadshow Presentation across the country to widely disseminate the information on the government's tax amnesty program spearheaded by House Committee on Oversight Committee Congressman Danny Suarez including Davao City 1st District Congressman Prospero Nograles (now Speaker of the House of Representatives) and other BIR regional and districts of the country. The forum was held at Grand Men Seng attended by businessmen, private entities, cooperatives, GOs and NGOs.

However, despite the wide dissemination of the program, it was noticed that taxpayers have taken for granted the benefits and privileges offered under the Tax Amnesty program or probably they are still waiting for the last day of availment.

The Tax Amnesty which started in September can be availed within the period of six (6) months which ends next month (March).

For violators and those found to have willfully evaded lawful taxes due will be penalized in accordance with the National Revenue Laws and Regulations.

In addition to the penalties provided for, immediate tax fraud investigation shall be conducted to collect all taxes due, including increments, and to criminally prosecute those found to have willfully evaded lawful taxes due. (PIA) [top]

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