By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Internal Revenue reiterated Friday that the Monday deadline in the filing of 2019 income tax returns (ITRs) will no longer be re-extended as the government urgently needs the payments to protect the health of the citizens against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa warned that taxpayers filing the returns after the due date will be subject to 20 percent on the amount due, plus interest.
Due to COVID-19 quarantine, the deadline has been moved from April 15 to May 15 and lastly to June 15.
Guballa said taxpayers may submit the attachments or supporting documents of the ITRs later, or before the end of the month.
“What we need now are the tax payments so that the government will have additional funds to sustain the battle against the coronavirus,” the revenue official said.
Under the “new normal,” taxpayers are allowed to file returns at any revenue district office and pay taxes at any branch of the Authorized Agent Banks (AABs) in the country.
“If a taxpayer is based in Mindanao or the Visayas, he may file the returns and pay taxes in Luzon without the usual penalties for filing at the wrong venue,” Guballa said.