Shaking off its 2nd-to-the last finish in the regional revenue race, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) district office in Catanduanes has posted impressive numbers in the first two months of 2017 as it seeks to collect a total of P536,094,000.00 this year.
Appealing to the taxpaying public to file their income tax returns before the April 17 deadline, OIC-Revenue District Officer Daisy Baroma told the Tribune last week that for January 2017, the Virac RDO collected a total of P48,840.818.50, which is 11.67% above the goal set by the national office and 33.01% greater than the local office’s collection for the same month last year. The Virac RDO placed 2nd in performance among the seven BIR offices in Bicol.
For February, however, it fell short of its target by just 1.73%, 4th in the region. Its P31,325,981.43 tax take was still 17.80% more than its collection for the same month in 2016. On a cumulative basis, it has taken the lead in the region, with a total cumulative collection of P80,166,799.48 or six percent over its goal for the first two months and 26.62% above the 2016 figure.
RDO Baroma took over in September last year, after her predecessor was booted out of office by the BIR national office due to chronic absenteeism and failure to report to the Virac RDO for weeks at a time. From its last place finish, the new officer-in-charge managed to improve its performance in the last quarter, taking in P447,879,553.40 by the end of the year to end up 2nd but still 21.35 percent off its 2016 goal.
Among the priority programs being implemented this year is the Oplan Kandado in which identified erring establishments are placed under surveillance and then padlocked if substantial violations of the revenue regulations are found. It is claimed that a big company was the subject of an Oplan Kandado operation, but the firm’s operation was allowed to continue after it settled with the BIR by paying at least a million monthly for an unspecified period.
Tax mapping operations are also being conducted alongside an updating of the proposed zonal values of real properties and the monitoring of the top taxpaying corporations and individuals, RDO Baroma stated.
The other programs include: monitoring of Summary List of Sales/Purchases and matching it with VAT
Taxpayers; monitoring of mandatory eFPS filers and electronic submission of Alphalist of payees and employees; monitoring of open cases and withholding agents as well as the 363 taxpayers included in the Tax Account Management Program (TAMP);
Cross matching of business registration with the list of registered businesses with the local government units; audit and investigations, including collection of delinquent accounts; tax education and information campaign; resolution of identical/multiple TINs; monitoring of Merchandise Inventory List; monitoring of excise tax payments; close monitoring of withholding tax remittances of national government agencies, LGUs and GOCCs; strict implementation of lease contract upon registration; collection of unremitted withholding taxes from barangays; identification of taxpayers belonging to the top 10 industries; and, monitoring of motorized bancas and common carriers such as buses, jeepneys and vans.