The Bureau of Internal Revenue: 109 Years of Tax Administration

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue: 109 Years of Tax Administration


The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) marks 109 years of dedicated revenue administration when it celebrates its Founding Anniversary on August 1, 2013. The BIR was founded on August 1, 1904, during the American Period through the passage of Reorganization Act No. 1189 dated July 2, 1904. John S. Hord served as the first Collector of Internal Revenue, with only 69 officials and employees who were mostly Americans.

The title of the head of the Bureau was changed from Collector to Commissioner with Jose Aranas serving as its First Commissioner. Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares is the 35th head of the Bureau, serving as the current Commissioner of Internal Revenue (CIR).

The BIR has remained steadfast in addressing the loopholes in tax administration and curbing tax evasion. In resolutely addressing these challenges, revenue collections will be maximized and more than sufficient funds will be channeled for nation-building.

Several major programs hves since been implemented by the BIR and are essentially geared to intensified tax compliance and enforcement efforts, improved taxpayer service and good governance, and improved organizational structure and management. Priority programs for 2013 include Invigorated Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program, Oplan Kandado, Re-engineering of other Business Processes, Electronic Official Registry Book (eORB), Implementation of Internal Revenue Stamps Integrated System (IRSIS) on the use of Secured Stamps for Cigarettes, Electronic Letter of Authority Monitoring System (eLAMS), Electronic Certificate Authorizing Registration (eCAR), Accounts Receivable Management System (ARMS), Collection Reconciliation System (CRS), On-line System for Transfer Tax Transactions (eOSTTT), Geographic Information System (Metro Manila - Zonal Values and eSales), and Electronic Tax Information Systems (eTIS) Project, among others.

Among those implemented in 2012 were the Invigorated Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program, Oplan Kandado, Electronic BIR Forms (eBIR Forms), Computer Assisted Audit Tools and Techniques (CAATTs), Premyo sa Resibo (PSR), Public Awareness Campaign (PAC), Tax Rulings and Case Management System (TRCMS), Performance Management System (PMS), Performance Governance System (PGS), Centralization of Data Processing to the Regional Offices, Expansion of ISO Certification to other districts, Revision of Tax Forms, and Philippine Business Registry (PBR) Participation. …

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