BIR to Review List of Tax Evasion Cases, Vows Full Court Press

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BIR to Review List of Tax Evasion Cases, Vows Full Court Press


Aimed at increasing state tax collections, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said the new administration will review the list of tax evasion cases.

In a briefing, BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares, said Friday that she received a marching order from President Aquino to run after and to be very aggressive against tax evaders.

"It's not business as usual," for tax evaders, Henares told reporters.

She also said programs like the BIR's Run After the Tax Evaders (RATE) program will be intensified.Henares added the BIR, responsible for more than half of state revenues, will also seek ways to tax the informal sector, which she estimated accounts for about 40 percent of the economy.

President Aquino has pledged during his campaign that he will refrain from raising taxes, and instead pledged to go after tax evaders and corrupt officials to help narrow the budget shortfall.

Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima had said the national government could begin going after known tax evaders and corrupt tax collection officials in the next few weeks.

"This will be a full court press and we will be unrelenting until we achieve a tax effort that is commensurate with what the legal system provides for," Purisima said.

Earlier, finance official said that the new government will review the tax incentives and other privileges given by former President Arroyo's administration to private companies. …

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