Tax bureau bent on meeting 2010 collection goal

Posted at 01/08/10 12:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is determined to meet its P830-billion tax goal this year as that it managed to breach its collection target in December 2009.

In a statement, the BIR said it was able to collect P61.55 billion for the month, up by P1.52 billion from its target of P60.03 billion. This was only the 2nd time that the agency exceeded its monthly collection target for 2009.

To meet its 2010 collection goal, BIR Commissioner Joel Tan-Torres said the agency is ready to implement several tax enhancement measures this year, which include:

  • strengthening the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program
  • integrated approach in administering the country's large taxpayers
  • high-visibility public awareness programs on taxpayer service and enforcement campaigns
  • close monitoring of recently enacted tax-eroding measures and several investment incentives and programs
  • conduct of vigorous tax campaigns
  • focus on collection of big-ticket items

On top of these, the BIR said it has continued to reshuffle its staff, with a total of 283 personnel transferred to key positions in the agency so far. Tan-Torres first announced the agency overhaul in December last year. (Read: New tax chief overhauls BIR; shuffles 57 key positions)

“With right people in the right places, performance could produce the desired effect of the bureau achieving its mandate of collecting the taxes for the government and its people,” Tan-Torres said.

“The BIR will continue to evaluate the performance of all revenue officers based on certain key performance indicators and conduct periodic transfers of personnel to ensure that the over-achievers are rewarded and the non-performers placed in less responsible assignment,” he added.

Lower revenues have been blamed for the country's swelling budget deficit, which is expected to have reached P290 billion to P298 billion in 2009. This year, the budget gap is seen to hit P293 billion.