Revenue bureau launches tax drive

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Friday, February 24, 2012


THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) launched its 2012 tax campaign drive anchored on the theme “I love Philippines, I pay taxes” in Bacolod City Thursday.

Leading the campaign is BIR Revenue Region No. 12-Bacolod City, which has a target collection of P6.15 billion for 2012.

BIR Deputy Commission Celia C. King said BIR was assigned to collect P1.066 trillion this year.

“Out of this BIR collection goal, RR12 Bacolod is assigned to collect P6.15 billion. It is for this reason that we have this tax campaign kick off in Bacolod City. Our activity signifies the start of the 2012 filing season by taking a proactive stand to inform our tax payers of their obligation to pay taxes because we believe that a well informed tax payer is an obedient tax payer,” she said.

“I urge each and every one of you to voluntarily pay your correct taxes and on time,” King added.

In 2011, Bacolod taxpayers contributed immensely in the sterling collection performance of the BIR.

“I salute you for cooperating and supporting us in improving our collection performance. We are here to seek the same support and cooperation you have given us. Paying correct taxes and on time is the best for all of us to show our love for our country. We only have one country – the Philippines. We should love her. We should go beyond our obligation and duty. Payment of taxes should be part of our personal commitment to sacrifice giving away a portion of our income,” King exhorted Bacolod and Negrense taxpayers.

She pointed out that the taxes are used by the government to build more roads, bridges, schools and hospitals for the Filipino people.

For his part, BIR Regional Director Perfecto L. Aranas said that BIR collected P5.258 billion in 2011, which is 2.7 percent higher, compared to its goal of P5.12 billion.

“The target this year is P6.147 billion which is 17 percent higher compared to our collection last year,” said Aranas.

The tax campaign is BIR’s way to remind the taxpayers that the deadline for the filing of income tax return for 2011 is on April 15, 2012.

“We believe that with this activity, we will be able to entice the taxpayers to pay their taxes correctly and promptly. We have lined up many programs and one of it is the tax compliance verification drive wherein our examiners will go to business establishments door to door to verify compliance on the issuance of receipt, registrations and other tax laws. I would like to request the taxpayers to comply with all the tax laws. We have been conducting dialogue and seminar in the regional office and district offices, so I believe that the taxpayers are now very much informed about their obligations,” he said.

It is now up to the taxpayers to comply or not. But if they will not comply, they will be sanctioned. We have a program in running after tax evaders. It will be able to discover under declaration by 30 percent by any tax payer. They will be criminally liable which the penalty is civil and criminal liability, Aranas added.

Under the civil liability, they will pay the deficiency. But under the criminal liability, they will be subjected to imprisonment if it will be decided by court that they are really guilty of criminal offense.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 24, 2012.

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