Despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) was able to collect P1.6 trillion in the first 10 months of the year, exceeding its tax goal of P 1.4 trillion for the period by P174 billion or 12.25 percent.
As the third quarter of the year kicked in, the BIR registered much bigger monthly surplus of P42 billion or 35.85 percent more. This was followed by biggest monthly excess in collections of P70 billion or 59.20 percent in August; P23 billion or 20.05 percent in September; and P38 billion or 33.68 percent in October.
“The good collection performance of the Bureau can be attributed mostly to vigorous tax enforcement activities; tax campaign/education activities; streamlined/simplified processes, guidelines and procedures; implementation of large scale policies; and other developments in various aspects of tax administration,” the BIR said in a statement.
Said tax enforcement activities include the filing of tax cases under the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program; closure under “Oplan Kandado” operations of business establishments; and tax assessment/audit activities that entailed issuance of various orders/notices to taxpayers. Through these enforcement activities various tax violations, such as under-declaration of taxable sales by more than 30 percent, non-registration of business, non-issuance of receipts, and non-compliance with other various tax laws and regulations, are uncovered. SOVEREIGNPH