BIR welcomes corruption probe ordered by PRRD; says tax cheats fanning graft in the bureau

Published October 30, 2020, 9:23 AM

by Jun Ramirez

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay welcomes the sweeping investigation on all forms of corruption in government as ordered by President Duterte, including the BIR.


Dulay said the BIR has been doing its best to fight all forms of irregularities in the service.

Sources at the BIR said tax cheats are fanning graft and corruption at the BIR to cut down on tax payments.

The same sources said many taxmen readily accept the illegal windfall to augment their low take home pay.

President Duterte ordered the DOJ to lead the task force to stop widespread corruption in selected government offices including the BIR, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Bureau of Customs.

“We welcome outside probers to assist us in our continuing effort to kick out the remaining bad eggs in the service,” Dulay said.

He added that he is doing his best to make the bureau an efficient and honest tax collection machine which supplies more than 70 percent of the government’s annual budgetary requirements.

The BIR raised last year some P2 trillion which was more than 96 percent of the target.

He said the BIR’s performance the past years earned congratulatory notes from Malacanang, 8888 Complaint Center, and the Department of Finance, the mother unit of the BIR.