By Jun Ramirez
Thousands of businessmen have expressed relief and satisfaction over the new guidelines issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in securing tax clearance for bidding purposes that eliminates red tape.
Revenue Regulations No. 18-2018 instructs prospective bidders to submit applications directly to the collection division of the revenue region without passing anymore through district office which prescribed circuitous conditions.
The applicants are no longer required to pay outstanding liabilities via the electronic filing and payment system (eFPS), but can be done manually.
The BIR does not allow private entities to participate in the bidding of government projects if they have existing tax debts.
BIR Commissioner Ceasar T. Dulay said the regulation was issued “as its commitment to the mechanism of easing doing business and enable the taxpayers to cope with the ever changing demands of the business community.