Teves wants tax education in school curriculum

June 29, 2010 10:42 am 

CEBU CITY, June 29 – Outgoing Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Margarito Teves said succeeding generations of Filipinos will understand the importance of paying correct taxes if tax education is included in the lessons in schools.

Teves said he believes once pupils are taught that revenue is the lifeblood of government operations and once they will be informed their payments will be used to finance projects, they will pay the correct taxes when they grow up and engage in businesses.

However, Teves said while tax education is still a proposal, it’s up to the new finance secretary under the administration of President-elect Benigno Aquino lll whether he will submit it to the Department of Education (DepEd) or not.

Teves said tax evaders and smugglers have contributed to the government’s P162-billion budget deficit as of May 2010.

He suggested an improved cooperation with the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Ombudsman and the judiciary to pursue cases against tax evaders, smugglers and corrupt tax collectors to ensure their conviction.

The DOF, under Teves, created the groups, such as the Run After Tax Evaders, Run After the Smugglers and the Revenue Integrity Protection Service, but most of those assigned to implement them failed to get good results.

Teves said he has no personality to give advice to Aquino but he included some recommendations in his report to outgoing President Gloria Arroyo.

His recommendations include better cooperation with the private sector for improved revenue generation and customer service through regular dialogues.

When Teves was named DOF secretary in 2005, he conducted dialogues with the Partnership for Efficient Revenue Service, Port Transparency Alliance and the Joint Foreign Chambers. (PNA) FFC/EB/re

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