By Jun Ramirez
The Tax Identification Number (TIN) issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is distributed nationwide free of charge.
Manila Revenue Region Director Jethro Sabariaga issued the reminder as he filed criminal charges against one Marjerie Reyes Rasgo before the city prosecutor’s office for allegedly selling TINs to 126 foreign nationals.
Based on the information supplied by an informer Ms. Rasgo was asked by a city-based company to secure the document for a “substantial fee” for its alien workers.
Regional tax fraud chief Dennis Floreza said the TINs were invalid or registered “under different names.”
TIN Card (BIR Form No. 1931) has been redesigned and declared accountable form to address the problem of its unauthorized distribution.
Rasgo was specifically charged with violation of Section 257 of the Tax Code.
If found guilty, she is liable to be sent to jail up to two years and fined P100,000.