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DOF to establish tax academy next year

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By Chino S. Leyco

The Departments of Finance (DOF) and of Budget and Management (DBM) are now finalizing the establishment of a Philippine Tax Academy next year at the University of Makati (UMak) for revenue and customs authorities.

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the tax academy will be a learning institution dedicated to revenue and customs authorities’ continuous education and training on improving tax collection competence and efficiency.

Dominguez said Republic Act 10143, which was signed into law almost seven years ago during the 14th Congress, enables the DOF to set up the Tax Academy.  “We found that there is a law that was passed maybe 10 years ago that allow the Department of Finance to put up a tax academy, so we are going to implement that next year,” Dominguez said.

He added the DOF is planning to offer courses at the Academy inside the UMaK campus starting January 2018, which is open to personnel of the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR), of Customs (BOC) and of Local Government Finance (BLGF).

In his report to Dominguez, Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran said the Customs, which has signified its intent to join the would-be Academy, has already submitted its comments on the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10143.

Beltran said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has expressed its intent to assist the DOF and its attached revenue agencies in identifying the training programs to be offered at the Tax Academy.

Dominguez said a proposal by Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to set up an academy would be tied up with the Philippine Tax Academy that will be operational by next year at the UMak.

“We are already in consultation with the University of Makati to locate initially our campus there,” Dominguez said.

Other Asian countries such as Japan, China, India, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia have their respective tax academies that also train tax and customs authorities, as well as private individuals in taxation and finance assessment and management.

Under RA 10143, the Tax Academy “shall develop and implement a curriculum which includes those pertaining to: (a) the technical aspects of tax collection, administration and compliance; and (b) the career orientation and development for civil servants.” The Tax Academy, which will be set up as a corporate body, will also accept for training selected applicants from the private sector.

The Board of Trustees of the Academy includes representatives from the DOF, BIR, BOC, BLGF and three representatives from the academe with at least five years of teaching experience in reputable schools.

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