BIR pushes modernization to up collections-A A +A
Sunday, March 2, 2014
IMPROVED tax collections can only be achieved with an efficient tax collection system.
This was stressed by Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe, as he launched the government’s “I love the Philippines, I Pay My Taxes Right” campaign on Friday, calling for the public to register with the bureau, file taxes on time and pay the right taxes to the government.
But the BIR official said an improved tax collection can only be reached by the BIR with a computerized system that can be accessed by taxpayers without going through long lines.
He added taxpayers can only be encouraged to pay taxes if they are given options to simplify transactions compared to the usual scenario in BIR offices every April when thousands wait for hours just to file their income tax returns.
With the help of the United States government, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, some $20 million have been infused to tweak the current system and improve tax mapping, speed-up collections and organize databases of taxpayers.
According to the BIR deputy commissioner, of the 16 million Filipinos registered with the bureau, only 10 million have been paying their taxes regularly. Of this number, some eight million are rank-and-file and minimum wage earners.
This has to end, said Aspe, as many big-time players in various professions should be the next focus of the BIR in their Run Against Tax Evaders program to force them to pay taxes and spend jail time for evading responsibility.
Also the bureau has stepped up efforts in collecting taxes from irregular transactions.
Meantime, the bureau is also closely coordinating with various law enforcement agencies in arresting those in the underground trade that continue to evade paying taxes to the government.
This way, the P1.46-trillion target of the BIR this year will not remain an elusive dream. (JM Agreda)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 03, 2014.