BONTOC, Mountain Province -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue District Office (BIR-DO) collected a total amount of P 83,263,246.42 taxes as of this first quarter of 2017 with an increase of P 13,826,825,54 or equivalent to 19.91 percent against their actual collection of P69,436,420.88 for the same period of last year.
BIR-DO officer-in-charge Jimmy Tangonan said the significant increase of their tax collection is attributed to their aggressive tax information education campaign.
The month of February is the start of their kickoff campaign to inform the taxpayers of their civic obligation, the importance of taxes, and the deadline of filing and paying taxes, especially the Income Tax Return (ITR).
He urged taxpayers, who were not able beat the dead line, to file and pay their income tax even after the deadline.
The deadline for filing of ITR was on or before the April 15 of each year covering taxable income for the preceding taxable year. But since April 15 falls on a Black Saturday, the deadline was moved to the next Monday, April 17.
The revenue district officer is also encouraging BIR’s Electronic Filing and Payment System where filing and payment of tax is done online.
The system, Tangonan said, makes transaction easier and more convenient to taxpayers provided that they are properly registered with BIR’s system.
Individual tax payers can just remit their payments using their bank accounts through on-line fund transfer.
To motivate and encourage taxpayers for prompt and honest payment of taxes, the bureau is giving yearly plaque of recognition to deserving taxpayers.
Mr. Tangonan said their agency awarded the top ten individual taxpayers for taxable year 2016.
Among the awardees are Joseph Kalangeg of Sadlan Construction, Joel Awilan of JBA Cosntruction and Builders, Crisanto Sagayo Jr. of CPS Engineering Construction, Brent Amrangeb of BKA Construction Reynaldo Isican of RKKI Construction, Reynaldo Del Amor Sr. of Tadian General Construction, Lito Banito of Lab General Engineering, Charito Bacullo- CFB Marketing and General Merchandise, John Marques of Miligan Construction and Brigitta Ayochok of Kawi Construction and Akne General Merchandise.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Government headed by Cawed Gamonnac including the municipal governments of the province, will conduct tax caravans and tax information campaign to the municipalities, especially to where there was low collection in local taxes. Door-to-door collections by tax collectors will also be instituted.
Both head of the tax agencies appeal to taxpayers to cooperate and help their respective office in achieving their collection target for this year. (Alfred F. Macalling)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on April 22, 2017.
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