The first Catanduanes-born revenue district officer to head the local office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in years, Daisy Baroma, appealed to taxpayers last week to file their Income Tax Returns (ITRs) ahead of the April 17 deadline in order to avoid the long lines at the two accredited banks and penalties for late filing.
In her message during the kickoff activity of the 2017 tax campaign, RDO Baroma said the motorcade they held earlier Friday (March 31) around Virac poblacion is a wake-up call for taxpayers, with the campaign kickoff an opportunity to bring together revenuers and taxpayers in an alliance to show their solidarity and collaboration.
She disclosed that the main thrusts of the activity are to improve the BIR’s frontline services, educate taxpayers on their obligations and help make them realize the importance of taxes in funding government projects and spur economic growth.
Baroma bared that for the current year, the BIR seeks to collect a total of P1.829 trillion, with the Bicol Revenue Region 10 assigned the goal of P10.946 billion, including the P536-million target of RDO No. 69.
The three objectives for the office are to achieve the goal, improve taxpayer services and protect revenues and enhance public trust, she said, with enforcement activities like Oplan Kandado, Taxpayer Verification Campaign and Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program aimed at encouraging the payment of correct taxes.
During the tax briefing conducted by Assessment Section chief Reynaldo Negro and Client Support Section chief Alan Sapanta, the BIR underscored the need for taxpayers to pay their taxes electronically, pointing out that failure to do so will incur them a penalty of P1,000.00 per return and a surcharge of 25% of the tax due to be paid, aside from being included in the priority audit program.