BIR launches new tax payment system

August 3, 2009 9:36 am 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Aug. 3 – Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) are partnering in implementing a system that will enable taxpayers to pay their taxes at privately-run Bayad Centers nationwide.

"This will help us serve our customers better," Department of Finance Secretary Margarito Teves said Monday at the system's launching which was among the highlights of BIR's 105th anniversary celebration.

He noted the system is among BIR's measures to facilitate payment of taxes so the agency can further collect more revenues for various government programs and projects.

BIR earlier partnered with the banking sector aside from launching its electronic filing and payment system initially for large taxpayers nationwide to help boost revenue collection.

Teves, BIR Commissioner Sixto Esquivias IV, LBP president and chief executive officer Gilda Pico, LBP executive vice-president Wilfredo Maldia as well as Corporate Information Solutions (CIS) Inc. Bayad Center president and chief executive officer Manuel Tuason signed during the launch a memorandum of agreement covering the new system.

CIS Bayad Center will serve as an authorized tax collecting agent of LBP, one of BIR's accredited collecting banks.

"We're marking a new phase in tax collection," Esquivias said during the launch, noting the system represents a milestone in BIR's efforts to further enhance its revenue collection.

BIR reported collecting in 2008 PhP778.58 billion in total revenues representing 74.21 percent of total national government revenues then.

BIR Deputy Commissioner for Information Systems Group Lilia Guillermo said accredited Bayad Ceters will accept cash tax payments of up to PhP10,000.

These centers will charge each taxpayer a PhP15 transaction fee, she clarified.

She justified such fee, noting this translates to the taxpayer's convenience in paying tax due since long queues at banks are avoided.

Guillermo said BIR and LBP will pilot this system for three months in Quezon City, San Juan and Pasig City which are all in National Capital Region.

"These are areas with many BIR district officers and where LBP has voluminous transactions," she noted.

She said BIR and LBP will expand, after the piloting stage, this system's implementation in other areas throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

CIS Bayad Center already deposited at LBP a PhP5 million cash bond that will serve as seed money for this undertaking, she continued.

BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations Group Nelson Aspe is looking forward to the system's expansion to better help more taxpayers comply with their revenue obligations.

"We hope that within months, we'll serve more areas," he said at the launch. (PNA) LAP/CJT/utb

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