By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to allow and facilitate the entry to Metro Manila of its personnel residing just outside the cities and towns of the metropolis amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa made the request to PNP chief Archie Gambia after some revenue officers complained of being disallowed entry to Metro Manila by lawmen manning checkpoints at city boundaries.
He said revenue officers are also performing essential jobs like health workers and suppliers of foodstuffs and medicines who are exempted from the travel ban.
Guballa stressed that the bureau is open despite the spread of COVID-19.
Askeletal force is maintained in regional and district offices nationwide to assist taxpayers in filing the 2019 income tax return (ITR).
He said the April 15 deadline in the submission of 2019 ITRs will not be extended despite the request of some lawmakers due to the deadly virus.
“We need the collection. Tax is the lifeblood of the government,” Guballa added.
However, he said taxpayers may file tentative returns and corrected 60 days later without penalty.
Guballa said taxpayers need not go to the BIR field office to file returns, or pay taxes to banks as they can make payments via various electronic facilities.