BIR starts probe on alien workers not paying taxes

Published May 6, 2019, 1:30 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jun Ramirez 

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Monday that a number of businesses in Metro Manila and elsewhere were employing unregistered foreign workers.

BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay made the disclosure after receiving from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other government agencies the lists of aliens working in the country.

The BIR chief said the lists were matched with the alphabetical lists of workers submitted by these companies to the bureau.

Initial findings showed substantial discrepancies.

Without mentioning names, Dulay said notices were issued to these firms to amend their list of workers filed with the BIR and pay the corresponding deficiency taxes.

Otherwise, Dulay said they will be placed under tax fraud investigation.

Dulay also said that a task force has already been formed to exclusively go after companies with unregistered workers.

Insiders estimated that the BIR could collect several billions of pesos in income tax annually from this source.