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BIR files tax evasion case vs Rappler

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018

FILE IMAGE: Rappler’s Maria Ressa

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a tax evasion complaint against the online news site Rappler.

The BIR said Rappler failed to pay taxes worth P133-million in 2015 including income and value added tax.

The agency is running after the Rappler’s president and CEO, Maria Ressa and its treasurer, James Bitanga.

Also included in the complaint is certified public accountant Noel Baladiang for signing and certifying the financial statements of Rappler even when, according to BIR, the online news site clearly failed to declare its real income.

Meanwhile, Malacañang described the million-peso tax evasion case against Rappler Holdings Corporation as a mere law enforcement.

“It’s just implementation of the law. If there is really tax evasion, violators should be held liable. If I were the one who received the 1.5 million dollars, I should have paid taxes,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

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BIR tells delinquent taxpayers to avail of tax amnesty

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019

ITR FILING: Taxpayers filing their income tax returns (ITRs)

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday urged Filipinos with overdue tax payments to submit an application this month for the government’s estate tax amnesty program.

The Republic Act 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Law mandates that delinquent taxpayers be given a year to file their application for amnesty, which will cover accounts seeking compromise settlements as they question the validity of the assessed taxes to be paid or due to their financial incapacity to settle the entire amount.

The rules also cover the delinquent withholding taxes and unpaid estate tax liabilities of employers.

The Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 4-2019 refers to delinquent accounts as those left unpaid despite being given formal demand letters by the BIR, as well as those which do not have appeals filed with the BIR or the Court of Tax Appeals over disputed tax cases.

This RR is treated as the implementing rules and regulations of the RA 11213 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in February.

The law sets varying amnesty rates for delinquencies charged to the basic tax.

For delinquent accounts that have been deemed final and executory, taxpayers will need to pay the equivalent of 40 percent of the assessed basic tax.

“Inaallow sila na magbayad ng batas ng certain percentage, hindi po sila sisingilin ng buong liability nila. Apply lang sila ng tax amnesty. They can pay 40 percent of income tax to have clean slate,” said Atty. Marissa O. Cabreros, Spokesperson of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Around 50 percent of the basic assessment will have to be settled by those with tax cases that have been decided by the courts, while those with pending criminal cases can choose to settle by paying 60% of the assessment.

“Kaya lang po kapag nasampahan namin sila ng criminal case sa DOJ, magiging 60 percent na po iyong rate ng kailangan nila i-settle,” she added.

To apply for the amnesty program, a taxpayer needs to submit the following requirements: Tax Amnesty Return (TAR) form that has been accomplished under oath; a certificate of tax liabilities issued by the BIR office with jurisdiction in his location, a copy of previous assessments issued by the bureau and an acceptance payment form stating the amount which he paid to settle their dues.

The BIR and the Department of Finance expects to raise additional revenues from the implementation of the tax amnesty program.

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SC yet to discuss Rappler’s petition to cover Malacanang – CJ Bersamin

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Suprerme Court of the Philippines

The Supreme Court can no longer deliberate on the petition of Rappler reporters for them to be allowed to cover news in Malacañang.

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said that the next en banc session of the Supreme Court justices is on May 3 and it is only then that they will be able to discuss on the said petition.

“Iyong pag-akyat namin sa Baguio natapos na namin iyong mga naka-schedule na kaso namin sa en banc but mahirap lamang na ipagpatuloy namin sa Abril ng Holy week at pagbibigyan namin ang mga miyembro ng Supreme Court na magnilay [We have already finished the cases scheduled in the en banc session in Baguio (City), we just cannot continue as next week is Holy Week. We have to give the members of the Supreme Court to reflect],” the Chief Justice said.

On Thursday, April 11, several Rappler reporters appealed before the Supreme Court to step in and stop Malacanang from barring them from covering the President and his activities.

Rappler said such prohibition is a violation of their press freedom. – Maris Federez

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BIR: No extension of April 15 ITR filing deadline

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019

Tax payers file their ITRs at the last minute before the deadline

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reminds taxpayers that there will be no extension of the April 15 deadline for the filing of 2018 Income Tax Returns (ITR).

The BIR made the reminder on Friday (April 12) following observation that only a small number of taxpayers have made the effort of filing their ITRs ahead of the deadline at revenue offices across the country.

The agency said the process of ITR filing is easier compared to before as taxpayers can now pay their dues and submit tax returns online through the electronic filing and payment system (eFPS).

eFPS is a system introduced and maintained by the BIR in line with the government’s policy of providing fast and convenient way of transacting with government offices. This system allows taxpayers to avail of a paperless tax filing as long as they have an e-mail account and internet access and are registered in the BIR Integrated Tax System.

For those who are yet to enroll in the eFPS, they must coordinate with their revenue district office (RDO) by submitting a letter of intent.

To file ITRs online, taxpayers need to visit the BIR website, and click the electronic services (e-services) and eFPS icon.

Log in the credentials required in the form then click the ‘enroll to e-FPS’ link for the enrollment form to appear. Complete the required fields and then hit the “submit” button.

For non-individual users, they must submit a certificate authorizing up to three (3) officers designated to file a return.

Taxpayers enrolling in the eFPS are reminded to indicate a valid email address where the system will send the verification code to be supplied in the next portion of the enrollment form.  

After submitting the form, BIR will send an email to the taxpayer informing them if the enrollment was successful or not.

If the enrollment form was accepted, the BIR will send a notification via email after the record has been processed. The notification status from the BIR should be printed and submitted to the respective revenue district office (RDO) that has the jurisdiction for the account activation, along with the necessary documents.

When the account is activated, taxpayers may start e-filing their ITRs provided that they maintain an online banking facility with any authorized agent bank where they intend to pay through the bank debit system.

“Kung wala naman pong attachment, mas mabilis kasi hindi na po sila pipila pa para magpunta sa mga district na sakop nuong kanilang pinapareceive. Kapag mayroon naman siyang attachment, ‘yung kanilang ITR, tapos naka-online, ire-receive po namin sa aming opisina,” said Maria Rica Marcoso, Administrative Assistant I of BIR RDO 39 South Quezon City.

For those who can’t use eFPS, they may still file their returns online by downloading and installing the mobile application “eBIR form packages.”

Fill out the correct and new version of BIR form for filing of annual ITR: form 1700 for individuals who are engaged in trade/business or the practice of profession; form 1701 for mixed income earners; 1701a for self-employed and professionals; 1702-EX for corporations, partnership and other non-individual taxpayers exempt under Tax Code;

1702-MX for corporations, partnership and other non-individual with mixed income subject to multiple income tax rates or with income subject to special/preferential rate; and, form 1702-RT for corporations, partnership and other non-individual taxpayers subject only to regular income tax rate.

After supplying the required fields, click validate and final copy buttons to file their ITR online. They must check their email for the confirmation status from the BIR.

Print the return and email confirmation then proceed to pay in a banking facility with any authorized agent bank, be it online or other mobile modes indicated by the BIR.

For taxpayers who are not tech-savvy, they may visit their respective RDO to manually file their ITRs.

The agency warned taxpayers that a 25 percent surcharge and 12 percent interest per annum will be charged if they failed to file the ITR on time.

“Sana huwag na po ninyong paabutin pa na lumagpas pa tayo sa deadline para hindi na po kayo maabala o mag-penalty, sayang din po ang penalty,” Marcoso said.

BIR will open its offices on Saturday to receive ITRs.

The agency targets to collect more than P2-trillion in revenue this year. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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