Taxpayers Urged to Use On-Line Payment systems.(Main News)
As part of the reforms to clean up the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and effectively collect the much-needed revenues of the government, President Macapagal Arroyo yesterday urged large and small taxpayers to avail of the new fail-safe e-filing or e-payment and the debit payment system, respectively, for their tax payments.
The President announced the new methods of tax payments as she allayed public anxiety over the integrity of the existing tax payment schemes in the wake of the P205-million tax diversion scam at the Land Bank of the Philippines.
"We are intent on cleaning up the BIR and free it from the clutches of corrupt individuals," she said in a statement.
Under the new tax payment method, Arroyo assured taxes will go directly to the government and not diverted to the pockets of corrupt individuals.
"These methods of payment will reduce the risk of diverting cash payments as this method is done electronically and very secure," she said.
Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the new tax payment methods are more foolproof than the existing regular methods which have been proven flawed following the discovery of the multi-million tax diversion scam at the Land Bank.
"It gives taxpayers added convenience plus the money can be easily be utilized by the national government," he said.
Arroyo said the e-payment system for large-scale taxpayers, the brainchild of resigned BIR Commissioner Rene Banez, has been institutionalized last Aug. 1.
Such electronic filing of taxes, she said, is being further enhanced to broaden the number of banks that can accept payment.
Rep. Enrique Garcia received kudos from the President for spearheading the work with the banking system in developing the debit payment system.
Under the system, small taxpayers would fill out an agreed form of debit memos to their banks authorizing the transfer of cash from their account to the Bureau of Treasury, payable to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Arroyo directed acting BIR commissioner Cornelio Gison to monitor the implementation of the new tax payment systems.
"Let us not allow ourselves to be paralyzed by the events transpiring in the government's efforts to uncover unlawful activities depriving our nation of much-needed resources," she said.
The President, meantime, sought the help of the public to file correct value-added taxes (VATs) and income tax returns (ITRs) as the government struggles to boost revenues to keep the budget deficit within the P130-billion ceiling.
"This is a time when the government needs the help of all well-meaning citizens to do their share of building our revenue base and guarding those revenues with much zeal and vigilance," she added. …