Government to identify tax evaders


MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the Aquino government will step up the filing of cases against professional tax evaders after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) cited a 90-percent tax evasion rate among professionals in 2011.

”We are identifying the professionals who are paying less than what they should pay and there will be tax evasion charges filed against them, “ Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press conference.

The BIR has jurisdiction over everyone who is earning income, Lacierda pointed out.

As part of the Aquino government’s commitment, Lacierda said that all concerned government agencies already initiated various reforms.

”[Naglabas] kahapon ang DOF [Department of Finance] ng isang campaign, an infographics campaign na nakikita nga na abogado, napakaliit ng ibinabayad nilang buwis. So we’re identifying them,” the Palace official added.

Lacierda said the government has succeeded in increasing tax revenues. Last year, BIR collected P1.058 trillion, 15 percent more than its 2011 collection of P924 billion.

Collections from BIR operations amounted to P1.017 trillion last year from P890 billion in 2011, while collections from non-BIR operations amounted to P40.95 billion from P33.65 billion in 2011.


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