Wednesday, August 8, 2007

BIR intensifies collection from delinquent taxpayers

Cebu, Philippines (9 August)—The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-region 13, covering the provinces of Cebu and Bohol has intensified its tax collection among the delinquent taxpayers in the region.

BIR-region 13 taxpayer assistant unit head and information officer designate Zorahaida de la Cruz bared that the office has identified 338 delinquent taxpayers and as of June 2007, BIR has collected P2.7-million from them.

De la Cruz added that most of these delinquent taxpayers are those paying through second installments from their compensation and these are mostly income earners and those who are self-employed.

“We are also after those companies who failed to pay their taxes for whatever reasons. If the company could no longer pay because it is bankrupt or losing, the office will look at its properties and will go through the legal process under garnishment to really compel them to pay their taxes,” De la Cruz explained.

For those companies that are still operating but could not afford to pay, the BIR enjoins them to avail of its amnesty program, she added.

The BIR offices throughout the country have been intensifying their collections from delinquent taxpayers to increase their revenue collection efforts after several of them failed to reach their revenue targets during the first semester of the year.

De la Cruz was quick to add that BIR-region 13 that covers Cebu and Bohol is right on target with its goal of collection of P9.1Billion. “We already have collected about P4.1Billion covering the first semester of this year. “ This is 22.70% higher than the P3.2Billion collected over the same period in 2006, she said. (PIA-Cebu/MBCN)

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