Tax mapping ongoing

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)–Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) said it is pursuing tax mapping operations even after the April 15 deadline.

Revenue Officer I Jeanette Villanueva said the tax mapping intends to increase and target the bureau’s target tax collection for 2014 and to check the tax compliance of business establishments.

“We will be conducting regular tax mapping at least twice or thrice a month,” she said recently.


Villanueva said not only the business permits are checked during the tax mapping but also if their registration documents, ask for receipt leaflets and payments are properly posted within the establishment; if the business establishments issue new receipts compliant to the new regulation on invoicing; and if their point-of-sale (POS) machines are registered.

She added those who are not yet registered with BIR are given only five days to comply with the requirements.

Meanwhile, BIR Regional Director Eduardo Bajador expects most establishments and taxpayers are indeed complying with their tax obligations saying, “Hindi naman po siguro kami nagkulang in so far as reminding these establishments and likewise our taxpayers.”

“I will continue my exhortation on our taxpayers in Baguio City, later Mt. Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Tabuk, Kalinga, Apayao and Abra,” he said.

Aside from tax mapping, the BIR-CAR tied up with barangay committees to identify taxpayers in their respective barangays and tasked them to inform these taxpayers on how to comply with their tax obligations.

So far, the agency has conducted tax mapping at Pinsao Proper, Trancoville, Alfonso Tabora, Session Road, Lopez Building, Mines View, Marcos Highway and in the public market where all business establishments including sari-sari stores and “wagwagan” were inspected.

The tax mapping is expected to result in an increase in tax compliance and increase in the tax collection for the second quarter and the whole of 2014. (Giovani Joy Fontanilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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