By Jun Ramirez
Commissioner Caesar Dulay of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has brought the 2017 tax campaign to this tax rich Central Visayas in a bid of hitting the P1.8 trillion collection target for the year.
The BIR chief asked individual and corporate taxpayers in the region to help the bureau in raising more money to attain the ambitious infrastructure and economic development programs of President Rodrigo Duterte aimed at reducing the incidence of poverty nationwide.
He noted that the Cebu revenue region has consistently achieved a double-digit growth rate for the past five years from 20.37 percent in 2012 to 22.172 percent in 2015.
However, in 2016 it posted a 2.98 percent growth rate due to the delay in the completion of the South Road Properties project, a mixed commercial-residential development of 300-hectare reclaimed land.
Among the programs to be undertaken by the revenue region this year to enhance tax take are the run-after-tax-evaders (RATE) “Oplan Kandado,” profiling, Benchmarking and updating of zonal values.
He said that the P1.576 trillion collected by the BIR last 2016 was a reflection of the partnership of the BIR and the taxpayers in nation-building.
Records showed the regional office raised more than P32 billion in 2016 with the collection hitting the P43-billion mark this year.
Dulay said the BIR is also streamlining requirements to make it easier for taxpayers to get tax documents and comply with their financial obligation to the government.