• BIR extends online tax filing

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    THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has virtually acknowledged the glitches in its online system when it extended the deadline for taxpayers who file their income tax returns electronically to June 15.

    However, the April 15 deadline for manual filing still stands.

    According to Revenue Memorandum Circular 18-2015 posted on the BIR website, taxpayers who file “no payment” returns must still comply with the requirement to file eBIRForms electronically.

    “In order for the Bureau to focus on ITRs with payments, ‘No Payment’ Returns may be filed manually on or before April 15, 2015 with the Revenue District Office where they are registered, through the use of the official printed forms or the offline eBIRForms Package,” the BIR said.

    However, taxpayers must then re-file these electronically.

    “Penalties imposed under RR No. 5-2015 on filing using a mode/venue different from that prescribed shall be waived provided the subject ITRs have been re-submitted electronically in the BIR’s systems on or before June 15, 2015,” the BIR said.

    The BIR’s new filing requirement has been criticized for glitches and timeouts on the bureau’s website, making it difficult for taxpayers to comply.

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