July 23, 2010

BIR to step up tax collection, will go after tax cheats

In a bid to meet its target of Php860 billion, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) vowed today to intensify its tax collection by running after tax cheats.

“We are strengthening our enforcement activities, and it is highlighted by filing tax evasion cases,” BIR Commissioner Kim Henares told reporters in a press briefing in Malacañang. “We started last Thursday and we intend to keep on filing every other week.”

“I have confidence in my people and confidence in the attitude of the Filipino people, that they want to help their government; and that we will able to reach the Php860-billion goal,” she said.

Henares clarified however that people who deliberately cheated on their tax payments may still make the necessary restitution by submitting amended income tax returns.

“It is the time for everyone to pay their right taxes. If they had not paid their right taxes before, what they can do is amend their return and put the right amount and pay these taxes before we even file a case against them, because once we file a case, it will be a no-compromise situation. It will continue until the case is resolved,” Henares said.

According to Henares, about 40 percent of the income earners belonged to the so-called “underground economy,” making it difficult for the BIR to go after them.

“There is more than P4 million that we are collecting from the fixed earners, but for sole proprietors, for individuals doing business and professionals, there is only less than a million from 800,000 people,” Henares said.

To encourage more income earners to pay their taxes, Henares hinted that the BIR would simplify and streamline the tax payment system.

The BIR chief also said that the reforms are meant to ensure “that our people will realize the new way of doing business is to make sure that every single centavo collected goes to the national treasury.”

She stressed that the BIR’s intensified tax collection campaign would cover all sectors, adding that no sector is 100-percent compliant.

Henares urged the public to pay their correct taxes while they still have the chance to do so. Furthermore, she advised consumers to demand a receipt for every commodity or service rendered to them to aid the agency’s campaign against tax evaders.

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The Rural Bank of Seven Lakes (San Pablo City), Inc., aware of their social concern  for the welfare of the community that they serve, has added San Gabriel Elementary School in Ambray School District  as the 5th elementary school unit to receive their assistance under the Adopt-A-School Program of the Department of Education, by providing an amount to cover the cost of finishing the construction of  some sections of the  concrete peripheral fence to help protect the campus from being entered into by astray animals and plain tresspassers. The photo was taken last July 15, 2010 when Board Chairman and Bank President Odilon I. Bautista personally handed the check to School District Supervisor Myrna M. Panagsagan (in light colored blouse), as witnessed by School Principal Eileen A. Roda and Bank Manager Eduardo M. Garcia. Other units they adopted are Sto. Cristo Elementary School, Bagong Pook Elementary School, Dapdapan Elementary School, and Santa Cruz (Putol) Elementary School. (Ruben E. Taningco)


     ALAMINOS, Laguna – Namatay sanhi ng karamdaman sa puso noong Miyerkoles, Hulyo 14, 2010 si Vice Mayor Demetrio Paguio Hernandez Jr. sa gulang na 60 taon, at ang kanyang mga labi ay kasalukuyang pinaglalamayan sa kanilang tahanan sa Barangay III, at nakatakdang ihatid sa kaniyang huling hantungan sa kanilang sariling libingan sa may libingan bayan sa darating na Miyerkoles, Hulyo 21, 2010.

     Anak ni Atty. Demetrio Hernancez Sr., na naging board member ng Laguna bago nagkadigma, si Demetrio Jr. ay isinilang noong Nobyembre 16, 1949. siya ay nanungkulang halal na punumbayan noong 1998 – 2001. Nahala na pangalawang punumbayan noong Mayo 10, 2010, nakaganap siyang tagapangulo ng kapulungan ng Sangguniang Bayan sa dalawa lamang pagkakataon, noong organization meeting noong Lunes, Hulyo 5, at sa unang regular session noong Lunes, Hulyo 12, 2010 kung saan ang naging paksa ng pagpupulong ay ang pagpapaunlad ng isang conventional sanitary landfill na isang matagal na nila ni Mayor Eladio M. Magampon  na pangarap na maipatupad. (Ruben E. Taningco)


     Pag-alinunod sa Resolution No. 9004 na pinagtibay ng Commission on Elections noong Hulyo 12, 2010, ay itinatakda ang panahon ng pagpapatala ng mga kabataang may gulang na mula sa 15 hanggang 17 taong gulang, o yaong mga wala pang 18 taong gulang sa Oktubre 25, 2010, sa Agosto 6 – 15, 2010, upang sila ay maging kagawad ng “Katipunan ng Kabataan” at  makaboto sa darating na Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections sa Oktubre 25, 2010.
     Ang pagpapatala ay sa City or Municipal Election Office kung saan ang aplikante ay naninirahan sa loob ng hindi bababa sa anim (6) na buwan, na inaatasang bukas mula sa ika-8:00 ng umaga hanggang ika-7:00 ng gabi.
     Ang aplikante para maging kagawad ng Katipunan ng Kabataan sa kanilang pagpapatala ay makabubuting magdala ng mga sumusunod: certificate of live birth; o  partida bautismo; o school records, o ano mang kasulatang makakapagpatunay o pagkakakilanlan sa kanya.
     Nililinaw sa Resolution No. 9004 na hindi kinikilalang pagkakakilanlan ang Community Tax Receipt o Cedula, at ang sertipikasyon ng sangguniang barangay. (Ruben E. Taningco)

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