By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau Internal Revenue (BIR) is coming out with an innovative digital system to make it easier and convenient for micro and small enterprises to pay taxes as they constitute 90 percent of the business taxpayers.
The additional electronic channel can also be used by professional and other individual taxpayers in settling their financial liabilities with the government.
The online apps will be utilized as soon as the solutions submitted by three information technology outfits are fine-tuned.
They won the so-called Hack-A-Tax contest launched last year by the bureau.
BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay has awarded cash prizes to ChatGenie, eConnect, and Third Channel for coming out with the innovative web page solutions during the virtual ceremony.
The project, aimed at making it easier to pay and collect taxes, is supported by various groups like the United States Agency for International Development.
“Taxpayers will no longer go to the BIR to fill up complex forms and banks to make over-the-counter-payment,” said Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Information Group Lanee David.
She said the project is part of a bigger program to fully digitalize the collection of taxes.
The bureau has an existing electronic Filing and Payment System for large and medium taxpayers.