Promise 102: Intensify drive versus tax evaders
Economy | 07/29/2010 5:54 PM
Among his measures to shore up government revenues is to go after tax evaders.
Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Lito Alvarez have vowed to run after tax cheats and smugglers as part of their marching orders from President Benigno Aquino III.
“Sa pangunguna nina Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares at Customs Commissioner Lito Alvarez, bawat linggo po ay may bago tayong kasong isinasampa kontra sa mga smuggler at sa mga hindi nagbabayad ng tamang buwis.”
Promise 93: No new taxes
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- Updates on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
- Updates on tax evasion cases
- Updates on the Bureau of Customs (BOC)
- Updates on smuggling cases
March 18, 2013: The Department of Finance and Bureau of Internal Revenue have set their eyes on self-employed individuals, such as lawyers and doctors, in the agencies' latest campaign against tax evaders.
February 28, 2013: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has issued guidelines on proper expenses deductions and booking of income to improve compliance among taxpayers and discourage tax evasion. BIR has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 89-2012 and RMC No. 16-2013, which provide guidelines on the tax implications of deposits/advances and the recording of out-of-pocket expenses.
February 26, 2013: The Department of Finance said their campaigns, the Run after Tax Evaders (RATE) program and the Run after the smugglers (RATS) initiative, are warnings to smugglers and tax evaders. “Daang Matuwid means a level playing field for all. By aggressively pursuing these cases, we want to tell smugglers and tax evaders they must play fair if they want to do business in the Philippines,” Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima said.
A telecommunications trader was charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax, deliberate failure to file income and value-added tax returns (ITR), and failure to register as VAT taxpayer. (Continue reading)
DOJ to sue Romulo Neri over taxes
Nakatakdang kasuhan ng tax evasion ng Department of Justice si dating SSS president Romulo Neri. Agad namang nilinaw ng Malacañang na hindi ginigipit ng gobyerno ang mga dating opisyal at kaalyado ng administrasyon ni dating Pangulong Gloria Arroyo. (Continue reading)
BIR looking into SALNs of 10 lawmakers
Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said her agency has requested the House of Representatives for the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth of 10 congressmen to see if they are properly paying their taxes. (Continue reading)
BIR's Q1 collection up, attributes it to name-and-shame campaign
The BIR has surpassed its 1st quarter collection target of P197.04 billion. BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said the agency has collected P199.55 billion from January to March 2011. The BIR attributed it to its Run After Tax Evaders campaign, among others. (Continue reading)
President Aquino calls for aggressive tax efforts
President Benigno S. Aquino III directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to step up its tax collection efforts and raise the revenue level to at least 15 percent (as ratio to the national gross domestic product) to support vital programs and projects of his administration. The Chief Executive said he is confident that a 15 percent tax effort ratio from the present 13 percent can be achieved as such has happened before.(Continue reading)
July 29, 2010: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has slapped charges against officials of a construction firm who have been accused of failing to supply accurate information on their income tax return and to pay taxes amounting to nearly P69 million. This is the second tax evasion case filed by the country's main revenue agency in line with the Aquino government's promise to crack down on cheats and smugglers to raise revenues and trim the budget deficit. (Continue reading)
July 15, 2010: The Aquino government filed its first tax evasion case on Thursday to launch its campaign to shore up shaky revenues and cut the budget deficit by cracking down on corruption and enforcing tax collection laws. Finance officials went to the justice department to file tax evasion charges against pawnshop owner William Villarica, who they said paid only P25,600 in income tax between 1998 and 2009, but was able to buy a P26 million Lamborghini sports car. (Continue reading)
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