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BIR, LGUs implement EO 646

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (19 July) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the local government units (LGUs) will both help each other in their collection efforts through access of correct information that they have on record as regards to their respective taxpayers.

BIR regional director, Atty. Marcelinda Omila-Yap said this is embodied under the Executive Order number 646 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo which is now in full implementation.

In determining the liability of any person for any internal revenue tax, the National Internal Revenue empowers the Commissioner of Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1999 can obtain from any office or officer of local governments any information such as the volume of production, sales receipts and gross income of any taxpayer.

The NIRC penalizes any BIR officer or employee who divulges information regarding the business income, secrets of operation, or confidential information regarding the business of any taxpayer.

However, with the issuance of EO 646, the BIR and LGUs will make available any information to duly authorized representative for purposes of ascertaining and collecting correct amount of local taxes or charges.

Under this law, upon proper request of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue or his duly authorized representative, the LGUs shall provide the BIR with any information necessary from any taxpayer.

EO 646 states that failure on the part of the BIR and the LGUs to comply with this law shall make them liable for administrative sanction pursuant to existing laws and regulations.

Director Omila-Yap said that a sustained information effort is now being undertaken by the BIR regional office in coordination with the LGUs particularly the Business Bureau to inform the local treasurers and concerned government units like the local finance on the full implementation of EO 646.

Just the other day, a lengthy dialogue was held at the Revenue District Office (RDO) seminar hall at F. Torres led by RDO Jose Eric Furia attended by treasurers, local finance officers, and other concerned groups aimed at providing correct information and guidelines on the enforcement of EO 646.

Another sequence of forum will be held in the future to be attended by business community and another dialogue with the barangay captains and purok leaders whose obligation is to provide correct data on residences of taxpayers. (PIA) [top]

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