BIR monitors candidates’ expenses to raise taxes

March 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Amid the tax-eroding measures of the government, a top official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue called on candidates in the May 10, 2010 national and local polls to submit the names of donors for their election expenses for taxation purposes.

Ma. Bernadette B. Mangaoang, assistant revenue district officer in Eastern Pangasinan , said that her office assiduously monitor politicians and the contributions from their supporters to get a five percent donor tax from the materials and cash donations.

She said with tax-eroding measures that disabled the tax office in attaining its tax collection goals, BIR is aggressively implementing tax measures like Oplan Rest & Peace, Judicial Notices, and Revenue Memorandum Order 190.

Oplan Rest & Peace is about the distribution of the real and personal properties of the dead persons to their descendants and kin, she said.

On the other hand, judicial notice is about the transaction of real properties between the seller and buyer, lessee and leaser, and others that are being published on newspapers. RMO 190 is a life style check of people whose income does not jibe with their way of life.

RDO-6 is composed of a city and 15 towns. It is headed by RDO chief Marlyn Vicente who was given by the tax central office a tax goal of P720 million for this year.

Meanwhile, RDO-4 chief Yolly Ferrer said there was a possibility that the tax goal of P1.3 billion given to her district would be reduced amid the tax-eroding measures that have been implemented and to be implemented by the government.

She said the new exemption of senior citizen, where the government is believed to lose P1.6 billion yearly, will affect the tax goal given to revenue districts nationwide.

Ferrer, however, was quick to add that as a public servant she abides by whatever tax measures given to her by the government.

“Siguro naman, bago naman nila (government) i-approve iyan, dapat pinag-aralan nila. Siempri nandiyan iyong mga higher-ups natin. For me, dahil may batas we just obey. Hindi naman puede na hindi susundin dahil batas iyan. Implementor tayo,” she stressed.

Before the exemption of senior citizens from the 12 percent Value Added Tax, a 30 percent tax (that comes from the 35 percent tax) on corporation, and exemption of minimum wage earners have been signed into law by President Gloria Arroyo.

Officials of the Department of Finance have been calling to Congress not to pass into law anymore new tax measure that would exempt water districts, documentary taxes, and pro-bono lawyers since the government faces a budget deficit of about P300 billion for this year. These measures would deprive the government of another more than a billion peso precious revenues.

Entry filed under: News.

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