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BIR to pursue high visibility awareness campaign ? Commissioner Tan-Torres

Davao City (16 March) -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres has emphasized this year's thrust of BIR in pursuing high visibility awareness campaign to be able to correctly inform the public on its various programs that will ultimately benefit the people and be able to communicate to all BIR's stakeholders on the new developments in taxation.

Commissioner Tan-Torres, including other ranking officials from BIR central office (Manila), was in Davao City Friday (March 13) for the blessing and inauguration of the new BIR regional office located at Bolton extension, this city.

Commissioner Tan-Torres led the inauguration together with BIR XI Director Perfecto Aranas and other BIR regional directors coming from the different regions like Regional Director Marcelinda Omila-Yap, former BIR XI Director Dory Arcega, and others.

In a press conference, Commissioner Tan-Torres stressed that this year's new thrust will improve the voluntary compliance of taxpayers as they get more information on tax compliance requirements and they (taxpayers) will now be aware of BIR initiatives to improve tax collections.

For this year, BIR will also implement the Enhanced Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program after signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Insurance Commission, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Philippine National Police (PNP) andce Department in prosecuting those who are not paying their taxes under the RATE program. The NBI and CIDG will alsohelp us implement RATE program, he added.

The MOA entered with the PNP aims to implement a correct system of deductions in withholding tax on salaries of uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of PNP.

Commissioner Tan-Torres also announced that starting this year, all large taxpayers are required to maintain and adopt the "Computerized Accounting System" or the so-called Electronic Recordkeeping for their books of accounts and accounting records. This is a requirement under the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended.

For the forthcoming April 15 filing of Income Tax Returns, Commissioner Tan-Torres appealed to all taxpayers "to pay their taxes early and correctly so you will not be burden of rush filings." It is our civic duty to pay our taxes promptly and correctly, lahat naman tayo ay makikinabang dito (all of us will benefit out of this), he added.

Commissioner Tan-Torres said that BIR is now fully equipped to determine those who are not complying and impose the full sanctions allowed by law, including imprisonment.

Meanwhile, BIR Regional Director Aranas said that the new BIR building is financed by the Land Bank for about Php85-million including the cost of the land which is more or less 5,000 square meters. (PIA-XI) [top]

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