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Tax info gathered will not be used to harass candidates during election period - BIR

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (6 August) -- With the full implementation of Executive Order (EO) number 646, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) assured taxpayers that information, particularly confidential records gathered from various local government units (LGUs) would not be used to harass others or to destroy personalities especially during election time or anytime for personal reasons.

This assurance was mentioned by BIR regional director Atty. Marcelinda Omila-Yap following the enforcement of ED 646 and apprehensions by some taxpayers that access to confidential records might lead to annoyances of their (taxpayers') private lives.

Director Omila-Yap, in her speech during the Tax Forum on EO 646 recently held at the seminar hall of the Revenue District Office (RDO) along F. Torres Street said that with the implementation of EO 646, there will be closer coordination between the BIR and the LGUs in as far as assessment or tax collection is concerned

Section 270 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1999 (NIRC) penalizes any BIR officer who divulges information regarding the business income, secrets or confidential information on the business of any taxpayer, knowledge of which was acquired by him in the discharge of his official duties.

However, Section 171 of Republic Act 7160, known as the Local Government Code of 1991 provides that records of the revenue district office of the BIR shall be made available to the local treasurer, or duly authorized representative for purposes of ascertaining the correct amount of local taxes or charges.

Under EO 646 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the BIR and LGUs will have access to records and information to ascertain the correct amount of taxes.

EO 646 states that the utilization of information, particularly confidential records should be used only for collection of correct taxes but shall not be used for any other purposes or disclosed to unauthorized persons, Director Omila-Yap stressed. (PIA) [top]

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