A day filled with milestones and successes of the agency with taxpayers at the core of the progress.
(Left to right) Deputy Commissioner Celia King, JuanTax CEO Marvin Galang, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay, Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa and Deputy Commissioner Marissa Cabreros.
Philippine International Convention Center, Feb 18 – the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) formally launched its annual Tax Campaign Kickoff to raise P2.5 trillion and to acknowledge everyone’s help and support for a successful 2019.
“Pananaw namin sa 2020, Mahusay na Serbisyo, Ramdam na Pagbabago” -BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay.
The Bureau, together with its men and women of the agency, promises to provide more efficient and extra service in order to achieve the goals of this administration.
2019 was a great year for the BIR and for all taxpayers. To name a few of the agency’s achievements;
- Run After Tax Evaders Program filed 309 cases with the Department of Justice with estimated tax liabilities of more than 19 Billion pesos
- The Oplan Kandado Program collected almost 2 Billion pesos and closed 742 business establishments over 1.3 billion pieces of bogus tax stamps were apprehended deterring tax losses of over 46.3 Billion pesos
- The Bureau hired 1,171 new recruits and promoted 2,306 employees bringing the number of almost 4,000 new recruits since July 2016.
- ISO certifications for business registration process were issued to many Revenue offices across the country
- BIR added more e-payment channels which resulted in a 92% increase in online payments.
With all these efforts, BIR collected 2.177 trillion pesos, almost 11% higher than its 2018 collection. This is simply a testament to the Bureau’s effectiveness in executing its programs. As a result our GDP rate reflected 15.1%, the best rate yet in 22 years.
Furthermore, Secretary of the Department of Finance, Carlos G. Dominguez III, applauded BIR’s achievements and showed his continued trust and support.
“…Clearly the BIR is the spearpoint in our nation’s progress.”
“As you go out there building partnerships with our taxpayers in the framework of the dynamic modern the tax system, remember that you are not just producing revenues, you are creating a better future for this country.”
His message urged the men and women of the BIR to sustain their efforts for this year.
Representing the taxpayers was Marvin Galang’s response, Chief Executive Officer of JuanTax. His messaged focused on giving a first-hand experience of the impact of the BIR’s programs from the eyes of a taxpayer and an accountant.
“In the accounting profession…It has allowed us to elevate our profession from traditional data entry based services to more advisory based service giving clients more value than ever.” he added.
“…these efforts gave birth to a new segment in technology that I call “TaxTech”, which saw the emergence of tax focused technology companies… there is no better time to be in business.”
The BIR is set on its goal to collect 2.5 trillion with its promise to continue to execute its programs with excellence and efficiency through collaborations with other government agencies, businesses, and most importantly the taxpayers.
Men and women of BIR, the main drivers of the 2019 success
(left to right) Chief Executive Officer of JuanTax, Marvin Galang, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay
Marvin Galang’s Taxpayer Response