BAGUIO CITY: The Bureau of Internal Revenue- Cordillera Administrative Region (BIR-CAR) recorded a P4.3-billion total tax collection for 2014, surpassing its collection in 2013 by more than half a billion. However, BIR-CAR still failed to reach its 2014 tax goal of P4.6 billion. Regional Director Eduardo Bajador said only the Revenue District Office (RDO) of Baguio City surpassed the district level tax goal with a collection of about P2.4 billion. The other five RDOs in the region failed. The Ifugao RDO recorded the biggest tax shortfall of 21.89 percent, followed by Abra with 20.65%. Bajador also reported that the Kalinga-Apayao RDO registered a 19 percent tax shortfall, Benguet with 12.43 percent and Mt. Province with 8.30 percent. The shortfall, according to him, can be attributed to the government’s suspension of the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program fund. The BIR collects a relatively big amount of income taxes from contractors including the 12 percent value added tax(VAT).