LEADERS of national business organizations on Friday raised various concerns to the new commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), as they vowed to help improve revenue collections for the rest of the year.
The business leaders discussed with BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay their “concerns and recommendations, and at the same time, expressed their commitment in cooperating with and supporting the present administration and the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the payment of correct taxes,” the bureau said in a statement.
Among the issues raised or discussed were proposals for tax simplification, tax amnesty, revenue regulations with impact on businesses, simplification of requirements for clearances or permits, renewal of registration or tax exemption, suspension of audits and policies on storage of documents.
Dulay vowed to observe openness and transparency in dealings with taxpayers and “expressed his willingness and openness to consider the business leaders’ suggestions and requested them to submit a list of revenue issuances that they want the Bureau to review or revisit and to appoint technical people who will coordinate with the BIR on the matter,” the bureau said.
Dulay cited the bureau’s actions regarding the reduction of processing times for applications and permits, and the suspension of audits.
“Whatever changes or improvement that will be undertaken will have significant implication on the tax take for the year. Said changes should not only help business taxpayers but more importantly also benefit the lower strata of the population because of the President’s policy to prioritize the poor and disadvantaged,” Dulay said in the statement.
He also urged business leaders to coordinate with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, noting that the Department of Finance “advocates consultative, participative, and consensual policies.”
Incoming Deputy Commissioner for Operations Nestor Valeroso presented to the group the bureau’s strategies, plans and programs, while Chief Legal Counsel Gaudencio Mendoza, Jr. explained the bureau’s positions on the business leaders’ concerns pertaining to storage of documents, requirements for tax exemptions and other legal concerns.
The meeting was attended by George Barcelon, Edgardo Lacson and Alfredo Yao (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry); Francis Chua (International Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce); Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. and Ramon Aviado Jr. (Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc.); Donald Dee (Employers Confederation of the Philippines); Roberto Amores (Philippine Food Exporters Confederation); Henry Lim Bon Liong (Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc.) and Deng Jun (Bank of China).