Gov’t still studying plan requiring professionals to post their rates-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
MALACANANG said Thursday that the government is still studying proposal directing professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, to post in their establishments the rates they charge to their customers.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, however, said that the plan being floated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) would ensure proper collection of taxes.
"It's still being studied now. (BIR) Commissioner Kim Heranes disclosed this (plan), but I don't know what will be the final picture of the proposal," he said.
To the professionals who give free services to the public, Lacierda said that they could issue receipt stating that the services they rendered were free.
He said that the Department of Finance and the BIR have yet to finalize the proposal.
Henares has said that professionals should be transparent on the fees they charge to their clients.
Posting the rates of these professionals could also help the BIR in the collection of taxes, she said, noting that incidence of tax evasion among professionals has remained high. (SDR/Sunnex)