COVID surge prompts BIR to extend ITR filing up to April 30

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has given taxpayers up to April 30 to submit their 2020 income tax returns (ITRs) amid the surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Metro Manila and elsewhere.

In signing Revenue Memorandum Circular 41-2031, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said taxpayers may submit the ITRs even outside the district office where they are registered and pay taxes at any accredited agent banks.

The BIR said taxpayers will be given flexibility to file and pay taxes without penalties for wrong venue filing as a form of relief from the current health crisis.
Dulay said, "The pandemic is the entire country which prompted many business operators to operate half their capacity."

Likewise, Department of Finance (DOF) Sec. Carlos Dominguez III said the new schedule will make it easier for taxpayers to perform their civic duty of paying taxes and in effect generate more funds for COVID-19 response.

Dulay also encouraged taxpayers to file their returns electronically or by using the eBIRForms and paying taxes via various digital payment channels like PayMaya.