BIR’s region set to meet P1.83-T goal

BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay expressed optimism that the region can do much to help collect the targeted P1.83 trillion this year because changes are visible and if only tax payers pay their correct taxes on time.

The new BIR chief made the appeal at the launching of 2017 Regional Tax Campaign Kick-off of BIR Region 1 held at the Sison Auditorium Thursday morning of March 16.

He asked the region’s chief collectors to exert efforts and campaign for the early filing and payment of Income Tax Return before the April 15 deadline.

Dulay said tax payers to pay their right taxes when they see that government is spending taxes prudently, when there is an effort to curb corruption, infrastructure projects are well-planned, health services are improved, better education policies are introduced, when government is determined to end the drug menace and provide for rehabilitation of drug users, and more reform programs are in place to reduce poverty incidents in the country.

He said people are seeing these “so we have reason to believe that more will start to pay their correct taxes this time.

“With improved collection, the government can introduce and implement more programs,” Dulay said as he rallied his fellow tax collectors to perform better and shun the cycle of corruption in government.

He said there are still a few rotten tomatoes and they must be stopped in order “to achieve real change. “

BIR launched the streamlining initiatives on the requirements and processes of business registration and the issuance of tax clearances and certificates of Importer’s Clearance Certificate (ICC) and Broker’s Clearance Certificate (BCC).

BIR Officer-in-charge Regional Director Teresita Dizon said, she is optimistic that her agency can meet its own goal to help collect the P1.83 trillion goal.

She said her office is set to update the zonal values and renew the commitment to implement ‘Oplan Kandado’ with more vigor on delinquent business tax payers. (Nora Dominguez)