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BIR urges professionals to be tax law compliant

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Revenue District Officer (RDO) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Zamboanga Sibugay, Monib Dimakuta, urged professionals to comply with tax laws and file their income tax correctly and on time.

According to Dimakuta, he is putting on his priority list the monitoring and checking of all the tax obligations of professionals in his areas of responsibility.

“I would like to post this invitation to all the professionals out there who have tax obligations to comply and make sure they file their income tax correctly and on time because I am putting this monitoring on all professionals,” Dimakuta emphasized.

In Zamboanga Sibugay, Dimakuta urged doctors, lawyers, engineers and all professionals to abide by the tax law to prevent any trouble with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the future as it will not hesitate to implement the Oplan Kandado to delinquent tax payers.

The BIR raised its revenue collections last year and expected to do the same this year. The bulk of the increase would come from the professional segment comprise of doctors, lawyers, accountants and other high-earning self-employed individuals.

The country has about 700,000 professionals, but they contributed only P7 billion to government coffers in 2009. Department of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima earlier said this amount would translate to an average contribution of P5,000 from each of the 700,000 professionals for that year.

According to the Professional Regulatory Commission, the Philippines have three million professionals, including nurses, doctors, engineers and seamen who are either self-employed or employed. Lawyers and doctors, who are presumed to earn the most among professionals, numbered 190,000.

By NBE /P. Lontua/ SebEx




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