The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will hire 10,000 to 12,000 new auditors to step up its corporate tax collection efforts this year, Commissioner Kim Henares said.
The present ratio of companies to BIR auditors is 11:1.
There is a need for the bureau to hire more auditors because it is taking over the auditing functions of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Large Taxpayers Service (LTS) tax drive is going into higher gear, Henares told journalists after the LTS Tax Campaign kicked off at the Solaire Resort and Casino on Tuesday.
The Department of Budget and Management in January approved a plan to hire 12,000 to as many as 18,000 auditors, Henares said.
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said that cooperation between the BIR and the BOC would be further strengthened to help the government boost its tax collection this year.