Doctors get TRO vs BIR regulation

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

IT'S the turn of doctors to get a reprieve from the Supreme Court (SC) against the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) controversial policy requiring professionals to reveal their service fees and identities of clients.

In a press briefing Tuesday, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the Court favored the motion for intervention filed by the Philippine College of Physicians and issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the BIR Revenue Regulation No. 4-2014.

The SC earlier blocked the implementation of the BIR regulation against lawyers, which had been portrayed in the agency's newspaper advertisements as tax cheats. The BIR also did the same on doctors.

Section 2 of R.R. No. 4-2014 requires all self-employed professionals to submit an affidavit indicating the rates, manner of billings and the factors they consider in determining their service fees upon registration on or before January 31 of each year and register the books of accounts and official appointment books which shall contain the names of the client and date or time of the meeting.

They must also issue a BIR-registered receipt showing a 100 percent discount in cases when no professional fees are charged. (Sunnex)

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