By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will intensify its enforcement activities this year to further enhance voluntary compliance and meet the P2.3 trillion collection goal.
BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay bared the game plan as the foremost tax collection of the government started the tax payment awareness campaign.
The stepped-up enforcement drive will center on the Run-After-Tax-Evaders (RATE) and Oplan Kandado (OK) programs.
Last Year, the BIR raised P15 billion from RATE and additional P800 million from OK which suspend business operations of non-compliant taxpayers mainly through massive under declarations of earnings.
Though the BIR attributes less than four percent its collection to enforcement, it plays a crucial role in voluntary compliance.
The BIR will vigorously continue the tax mapping or street-by-street inspection of retail outlets and other businesses to broaden the tax base, bringing to the surface those in the underground economy.
The BIR was able to increase the number of registered taxpayer by about 10 percent last year.
The bureau garnered in 2018 more than 96 percent out of its collection assignment of P2.039 trillion, short by around P83 billion.