Davaoeños warned to pay income taxes early

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Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City, dubbed as “The Punisher,” has threatened to punish and discipline Davaoeños who fail to file their income tax returns (ITRs) on time.

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During the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) Davao regional tax campaign drive on Friday, Duterte said taxpayers should file their income way before the April 15 deadline, as he “will turn RFP into RIP” for tax dodgers, referring to the BIR’s RFP campaign, an acronym for Register, File and Pay.

The mayor said the statement is not only for Davao–eños, but for the whole Filipino nation, pressing that taxes were important for nation-building and responsible citizens pay the right taxes.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares agreed with Duterte and aside from calling for his assistance in the fight against rice smuggling in Davao City advised his constituents to file their taxes on time to “avoid possible inconveniences and long queues and issues that may delay compliance.”

Last year, the Davao regional revenue office collected a total of P10.9 billion in taxes, higher by 19 percent than those collected in 2012 des- pite the destruction by Typhoon Pablo.

BIR-Davao Regional Director Glen Geraldino said that for this year, BIR-Davao targetted a P13.12-billion tax collection driven by the implementation of programs indicated in the 2014 BIR Priority Programs that would help the region “meet its collection goal as well as to assist taxpayers to easily comply with their obligation to RFP.”

For the whole country, Henares earlier said, the BIR hoped to collect P1.456 trillion income taxes in 2014, up from the P1.253 trillion target last year as well as the P1.217-trillion actual 2013 collection.

“[Target collections] are increasing every year. We don’t think about whether it is big or small, we work hard, then by end of the year, we’ll see [if the target is achieved],” Henares said.

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