Increased taxes blamed for shooting of BIR official’s car

June 26, 2017 at 8:42 am Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ALAMINOS CITY – Was the car of a Bureau of Internal Revenue official in western Pangasinan riddled with bullets because of excessive taxes being imposed by that office to taxpayers?
An agent of a bookkeeping company, who asked for anonymity, said the countless bullet holes on the body and glass window of the government- issued red Innova multi-purpose vehicle to Revenue District Office -5 Chief Thelma D. Mangio last May was blamed on the tax agency officials’ excessive exaction of taxes.

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BULLET HOLES. The bullet -riddled Toyota Innova car of Revenue District Office Chief Thelma D. Mangio of the Bureau of Internal Revenue based in Alaminos City  was shot by unidentified gunman sometime in May this year while it was parked at the periphery of the BIR office in this city. Bullet holes are covered by a brown packaging tape in this photo. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

BIR billed taxpayers with taxes like income, capital gain, estate, donor, and others.
The car, according to BIR insiders, was peppered with bullets by unidentified gunman sometime in May this year while it was parked at the periphery of the BIR office in this city. No one was inside the car during the incident.
 “Sinisingil ng BIR officials doon iyong old taxes sa bago at mataas na zonal valuation na dapat e implement lang noong May 31,” she said.
The three Revenue District Offices in Pangasinan have spiked the zonal valuation after a public hearing last November last year.
Zonal valuation is used by the BIR officials to compute the proper taxes that  should be paid for transactions like sale and transfer of real properties.

Assistant RDO-Chief Charmaine dela Torre said the new zonal valuation was implemented last May 31.
CPA-Lawyer Maria Isabel Utit, the Chief of RD0-6 who oversees eastern Pangasinan, said the average increase of the new zonal valuation was 40 percent compared to the average taxes being collected in the old valuation.
The Department of Finance approved the new zonal valuation last April after the BIR in Pangasinan conducted a hearing among stakeholders late last year.
RDO-4 Chief Merlyn Vicente, who oversees central Pangasinan, said the valuation was increased because the government needs more monies to fund its workers and projects.
Early June this year Alberto Enriquez, 49, the BIR chief of the Revenue District 28 tax assessment section in Quezon City was shot to death by a gunman who was a back rider of a motorcycle after he saw Enriquez disembarking from his car parked near the BIR office there.
Last November 2016, BIR Region 8 director Jonas Amora, who was a former Assistant Regional Director in Region-1, was shot dead by motorcycle riders in tandem at the corner of Topside Road and Katipunan Avenue in the same city.Bir car 2
In the last four years, two BIR officials in Pangasinan were killed.
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