The Bureau of Internal Revenue BIR) raised P1.6 trillion from January to October despite the unprecedented onslaught of the Corona Virus-19 on the economy.
The take was P174 billion more than the goal of P1.4 trillion set for the first 10 months of the year.
BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay attributed the excellent collection performance to various enforcement activities and the simplification of the tax payment procedure that encourages more businessmen and professionals to pay taxes.
The BIR chief said the enforcement operations included the filing of tax evasion cases against those who ignored to settle tax liabilities and closure of commercial establishments which failed to register, or under declare gross receipts to cut down tax payments.
He said the bureau filed 125 tax evasion cases against businesses including their top officers for non-payment of delinquent accounts totaling to almost P5 billion.
More than P569 million were paid by 189 firms nationwide to be allowed to resume their operations under the “Oplan Kandado” program.
Dulay vowed to vigorously pursue enforcement activities to discourage taxpayers from not paying correct taxes.
At the same time, he appealed to taxpayers to be conscious of their financial obligations to the government and help raise more funds to fight the pandemic.