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BIR Chief, KathNiel, Top Taxpayers mark April 17 tax deadline

April 17 tax deadline

Following the successful conduct of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s National Tax Campaign Kick-Off last February 7, Commissioner Romeo D. Lumagui, Jr. together with Revenue Officials and Employees from different Revenue Regions (RRs) in the Metro, top taxpayers from different sectors of the economy, including media personalities, and other valued partners for nation-building, reminded the public of the the April 17, 2023 income tax return deadline. This was made through regional kick-offs hosted by the different RR’s in NCR.

The most recent kick-off event was conducted by RR No. 7A – Quezon City. The event was jam-packed with TV and other media personalities, KathNiel; Maja Salvador; Anne Curtis-Smith; Coco Martin, to name a few. They also received recognition from the BIR as top celebrity taxpayers of the said region.

Keeping aligned with this year’s tax campaign theme “Tulong-Tulong sa Pagbangon. Kapit Kamay sa Pag-Ahon. Buwis na Wasto, Alay para sa Pilipino”, RR Nos. 7B – East NCR and 8B – South NCR, reported the region’s accomplishments for 2022 and laid down plans and programs for 2023 during their respective kick-off’s.

April 17 tax deadline

Drifting from the pomp and grandeur way of launching tax campaign drives, RR No. 5 – Caloocan City and RR No. 8A – Makati City, boldly conducted mass tax compliance verification drives; thus, giving strong motivation to taxpayers to be more compliant of the tax laws and BIR rules and regulations.

The next kick-off would be hosted by RR. No. 6 – Manila. They will be hosting “Tax-si-Logue”, a breakfast dialogue with Commissioner Lumagui next week.

All these kick-off activities are anchored to the four (4) pillars of Commissioner Lumagui’s objectives of (1) intensified enforcement activities ; (2) excellent taxpayer service ; (3) transparency and integrity; and (4) digitalization.

In light of the nearing tax filing deadline on April 17, Commissioner Lumagui called for strengthened patriotism amongst the Filipino people, “We expect you to fulfill your tax obligations, pay your taxes on time, and report tax violators. Magtulungan po tayo, mahalin po natin ang ating bayan”, he humbly asked the taxpaying public.

Future plans and programs of Commissioner Lumagui were discussed before the participants, “For the next few months, we will introduce gradual reforms to tax administration. We will strive to balance our obligation, to protect the country’s revenue stream while simultaneously protecting the taxpayers who contribute to it. We will tailor our efforts to improve our digital services and reduce compliance cost so that more and more businesses will leave the shadow economy and voluntarily join the tax net.”, he said.

April 17 tax deadline

Likewise, he stressed that it will only be attained with the enduring partnership between the region and its taxpayers. “I hope that the region can continue to look to your cooperation [taxpayers] as it implements our priority programs and projects as well as its own specific undertakings. Let us consider ourselves as partners in nation-building with an interest in seeing our economy grow and our nation prosper to help our children assure a future of peace and prosperity”, the Commissioner said.

This year’s tax campaign theme, aims to remind the taxpaying public that we can all be partners of the government in nation-building by doing our fair share of paying our taxes correctly.

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