CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Tuesday, August 29, said that the government should prioritize poultry raisers who have not been remiss in paying their taxes in the ongoing assistance program for those who have been affected by the culling operations of the Bureau of Animal Industry.
BIR-Central Luzon director Jethro Sabariaga told SunStar Pampanga that this would ensure the assistance would rebound back to the government.
This came after it was found out that only a minute number of raisers from Pampanga are in fact paying their taxes. A considerable number of raisers, poultry businessmen, and other industries attached to the poultry industry are not paying their taxes, according to him.
"The government is continuously giving its support for the poultry sector. The poultry industry should do its part and help government by paying their taxes and in the long run government will have more means to help the industry in case of another similar scenario," Sabariaga said.
He said that they are urging those in the poultry sector to pay their taxes. The BIR had earlier filed cases against some companies allied with the poultry industry to show that it is serious in collecting taxes due from the industry.
It could be recalled that the Department of Budget and Management, through the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Central Office, turned over to the DA-Central Luzon the P31-million calamity fund to cover the payment of Pampanga farmers whose chicken, ducks, and quails were culled as part of the effort to contain the spread of the avian influenza virus in from San Luis town.
The Agricultural Credit Policy Council has also readied an initial loan amount of P50-million for farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak.
The P50-million fund was set up at the Rural Bank of San Luis and is expected to be available by next week.
The loan will be extended to some 2,000 farmers in San Luis town and other neighboring areas in Pampanga whose poultry farms were hit by bird flu.