Davaoeños as good taxpayers sign of good economy – BIR

M27taxpayers (DAVAO CITY) — Davaoeños are better tax payers compared to therest of Mindanao and that’s a sign its economy is doing good, an official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue said.

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BIR – Davao City announced at the Kapihan sa PIA press conference Tuesday, it posted a 25-percent increase in tax collection from P 3.598 billion in 2005 to P4.471 billion in 2006 exceeding the P4.469 target last year.

Jose Eric C. Furia, local BIR revenue district officer, said 97 percent of taxes collected were sourced from voluntary payments, who need not be penalized to pay.

He cited only three percent of the collection were sourced from delinquent accounts.

Furia said he has been assigned to revenue districts in the cities of General Santos, Butuan, Surigao, and in the Caraga provinces.

But it’s different here in Davao City, he said, because taxpayers who were found to have irregular compliance respond to the BIR.

He said taxpayers come to the BIR office upon receiving a letter of invitation to come for clarifications. After explaining to them satisfactorily about their deficiency, he said, they will comply with their tax requirements.

He attributed the attitude to the better economic performance of the city compared to other cities in Mindanao.

He said the city’s internal revenue district has been recognized by the government for its high collection growth rate in the last five years.

Furia said the increase was “remarkable” considering the difficult times the country went through. He said the tax collection growth rate of the city has bested those in other cities in the Visayas and Mindanao.

He attributed the increase in tax collection to stricter mechanisms of monitoring, benchmarking, non-filers’ detection, compliance verification drive, and wider public education on taxation.

He said, however, that a big factor is the cooperation of the tax payers.

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