BIR going after tax evaders to hit P13-B target collection

Erwin P. Nicavera

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Negros Island will strengthen its efforts in going after tax evaders to reach its target collection of almost P13.2 billion this year, its top official said.

BIR Revenue Region 12 Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr., who led the unveiling of their 2018 Tax Campaign Logo at the Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 77 in Bacolod City Monday, said the BIR district offices will not benefit from the increase in excise taxes amid the implementation of the tax reform law.

He said the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law would instead result to reduction in collection from compensation income earners, who comprise bulk of the taxpayers in Bacolod City.

“Most excise taxpayers fall under the jurisdiction of our national office. However, there are still many potential taxpayers in Revenue Region 12 so we just have to intensify our enforcement activities against tax evaders,” Pagulayan said.

Through this measure, the BIR will go after those not paying the right taxes and not paying at all in order to cover the reduction in compensation taxes, he added.

BIR Revenue Region 12 covers RDO No. 76 Victorias City, RDO No. 77 in Bacolod City, RDO No. 78 in Binalbagan town, all in Negros Occidental, and RDO No. 79 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Records showed BIR Region 12’s total tax collection last year was P11.2 billion. The figure is short by about P498 million of the target collection in P11.7 billion.

Pagulayan said they are not banking on excise tax alone, but instead relying on “local talents,” including businessmen and taxpayers who are not paying correct taxes.

“Many of these taxpayers are still in the region,” Pagulayan said, as he warned “we will not stop going after them, they will see.”

Campaign logo

During the unveiling rites for the 2018 Tax Campaign Logo Monday, Pagulayan stressed to the employees their role in efficient tax collection.

The “spiral” icon in the logo signifies the ripple effects that resulted from a droplet.

This means that taxpayers no matter how small their contributions are, as long as these are correct and timely, “will eventually create a wave."

Pagulayan said this wave will cause a change for a better and progressive Philippines.

The text “Salamat Sa’yo” acknowledges the contribution of both employees and taxpayers to nation-building, he added.

The unveiling of this year’s tax campaign logo is a simultaneous activity conducted in all 19 BIR Regional Offices nationwide.