BIR exec says paying taxes help defeat COVID, revive economyMarch 30, 2021
IPIL, Philippines – A Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) official has urged taxpayers to pay taxes to help the government defeat COVID-19 and revive the economy.
“Our campaign is to urge taxpayers to pay their taxes and help the government at this time of the pandemic,” said Gary Catalan, revenue officer of the Revenue District Office 93B.
He said the government needs the money in the procurement of vaccines and “priming up the economy.”
The economy is down and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, he added.
He said the bulk of the burden falls on the agency, echoing the call made by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez last month.
Dominguez, during the tax campaign kick-off, stressed the need “to collect as much as revenue as possible.”
The country, he said, needs the money “to fund the comprehensive effort to defeat the pandemic… and help our economy recover.”
The task to raise the money falls on the revenue agency, he said.
Because of the pandemic, Dominguez revealed that “we adjusted our collection targets.”
For 2021, the BIR has targeted to collect P2.081 trillion. This amount is 6 percent higher than the total collections of P1.95 trillion in 2020.
In Zamboanga Sibugay, the revenue office aims this year to collect at least P500 million.
Last year, the local revenue office had collected over P400 million, higher by 9 percent of the target collections.
“We had performed well in our collections last year,” Catalan said. He expects to achieve the target collections for 2021.
The campaign is to let people understand that the taxes they paid can help the government amid the pandemic, he said.
He urged the taxpayers to pay their taxes on or before April 15. (amm)