BIR nets P12.2-B in 7 months-A A +A
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 has registered a P12.2 billion collection for January to July this year marking a three percent increase on their collection from the same quarter last year.
This was bared by Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee, who said that the BIR here is intensifying its revenue initiative measures to further increase collection.
Lee took over the post of Director Aracelli Francisco, who has been moved to a new post in Metro Manila, early this June. Lee was former chief of the large taxpayers audit and investigation division and assistant regional director for Cebu.
Lee said that their initiatives focuses on encouraging taxpayers to update their tax payments and to keep them updated on the revenue initiatives of the BIR and pertinent tax enforcement activities like the Oplan Kandado and Run After Tax Evaders (Rate) program.
The BIR Oplan Kandado is an intensive campaign that seeks to padlock businesses with unpaid tax dues, as well as those who are engaged in illegal practices, such as failure to register, understatement of taxable sales by more than 30 percent and the refusal to issue receipts.
Lee said that the program is still on-going and the BIR here has already issued the corresponding notices to companies who have undergone monitoring and surveillance. He also bared that some 22 doctors are now “being asked to explain” on the tax compliance under the RATE program.
The BIR here, he said, is now improving its collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). Lee said that they have asked the national office for the formation of an audit team that would look solely on VAT collections.
The regional director also stressed the need for more examiners to man different posts and assignments here. Lee said that the RR4 is in need of 128 examiners and they expect some 27 of the said posts to be filled up soon.
“We are encouraging the public to apply. We need Certified Public Accountants to fill up all the needed posts for examiners,” Lee said, adding that more examiners would greatly speed up revenue measures and programs here.
Aside from examiners, the BIR here is also in need of some 15 lawyers. The said posts are expected to receive salary Grades 11 and 15, for examiners and lawyers respectively.
Lee said that the BIR is optimistic that it will be able to reach its annual goal. Lee added they aim to achieve this through enhanced enforcement.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 06, 2014.