Planong pagpapaskil ng professional fees ng mga doktor at abugado, idinepensa ng BIR

admin   •   September 5, 2013   •   2947

“Madali lang naman yan, para wala kayong gulo sa BIR, kung libre eh di mag-issue kayo ng resibo. Gagawin kung P500, less P500, zero! Para wala tayong gulo na iniimbestagahan namin kayo dahil may biglang pasyente lumabas, tinatanong namin kayo meron ba kayong resibo?.” — Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares (UNTV News)

“Madali lang naman yan, para wala kayong gulo sa BIR, kung libre eh di mag-issue kayo ng resibo. Gagawin kung P500, less P500, zero! Para wala tayong gulo na iniimbestagahan namin kayo dahil may biglang pasyente lumabas, tinatanong namin kayo meron ba kayong resibo?.” — Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipinagtanggol ni Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares ang bagong patakaran na nag-aatas sa mga propesyunal gaya ng abugado, doktor, dentist, accountant, engineer, architect at iba pa na ipaskil sa kanilang mga opisina ang kanilang professional fees.

Una nang inalmahan ng Philippine Medical Association (PMA) at Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ang planong ito ng BIR.

Sinabi ni PMA President Dr. Oscar Tinio na hindi ito solusyon upang makapagbayad ng tamang buwis ang mga doktor sapagkat magkakaiba ang doctors fee.

Dagdag pa nito, hindi umano lahat ng pasyente ay kanilang sinisingil.

“We welcome that but there is no universal fee for all patients. Also, I don’t see this as a solution. Does it mean that once you post it, you’ll be paying the right taxes?”

“They see what we earn but they do not see what we don’t earn from the services that we render to poor patients.”

Paliwanag naman ni Henares, “madali lang naman yan, para wala kayong gulo sa BIR, kung libre e di mag-issue kayo ng resibo. Gagawin kung P500 less P500, zero! Para wala tayong gulo na iniimbestagahan namin kayo dahil may biglang pasyente lumabas, tinatanong namin kayo meron ba kayong resibo?.”

Ayon naman kay IBP Vice President Vicente Joyas, kwestyunable ang pagpapaskil ng kanilang professional fee. Maituturing umano na advertisement ito na labag sa IBP rules and regulation.

“My mobile phones have been ringing nonstop from IBP members regarding this BIR plan”

Dagdag pa ni Joyas, “If the BIR will push for the implementation of that plan, definitely we will be filing a case in court to question its legality.” (Pong Mercado / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

IBP offers free legal aid amid COVID-19 community quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has offered to provide free online legal assistance to the public amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a Facebook post on Monday, the national organization of lawyers said it will give free legal advice to those who have concerns related to the enforcement of the community quarantine.

“Kabilang nito ang mga katanungan na may kinalaman sa pag-aresto kaugnay ng curfew, diskirminasyon sa mga health workers, at iba pa,” the IBP said.

The agency said questions and messages may be sent to its official Facebook page at 𝗳b.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗜𝗕𝗣𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹𝗔𝗶𝗱 or via email at 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗱@𝗶𝗯𝗽.𝗽h or via text 𝟬𝟵𝟬𝟲𝟬𝟳𝟵𝟵𝟮𝟮𝟲 (Atty. Eric C. Alajar).

The IBP earlier called out undue discrimination against medical personnel and other workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight, as well as individuals who showed symptoms and tested positive for the virus.

It urged the public not to succumb to fear that diminishes humanity, and to show support for the victims and frontliners amid the public health crisis.

“Precautionary measures are understandable and desirable but they should remain reasonable and within the bounds of law,” IBP National President Atty. Domingo Egon Cayosa said in a separate statement.

The Magna Carta of Patient’s Rights and Obligations, Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, and other laws or regulations remain effective and must temper and guide the actions and initiatives of everyone,” he added.

Deadline of ITR filing remains April 15 – BIR

Robie de Guzman   •   March 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday said the deadline for the filing of income tax returns (ITR) will remain on April 15, 2020 despite concerns over the increasing number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.

BIR Assistant Commissioner Elenita Quimosing said they have no plans yet of extending the deadline even amid confirmation of dozens new cases in the last few days.

“We are making the campaign now to please file early because as of now, there are no pronouncements of extension so the deadline stays on April 15, 2020,” she said.

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported 16 more coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 49.

With rising COVID-19 cases, the government has implemented social distancing as part of the precautionary measures against the spread of the virus.

The BIR is encouraging taxpayers to file early and to avail of its electronic filing and payment system through its website, www.bir.gov.ph.

Taxpayers who will fail to file their 2019 tax returns on time will be charged with a 25 percent surcharge and a 12 percent interest per annum. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

BIR reminds Filipinos anew to file income tax returns before April 15 deadline

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has reminded Filipinos to file their income tax returns (ITR) before the deadline in April.

The BIR said there will be no extension of the April 15 deadline for the annual filing of ITRs.

The agency also clarified that the deadline of the ITR filing will not be changed, dispelling wrong notions related to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

“Hindi na-move ang deadline kasi apparently may mga nagsasabi because of TRAIN law, na-move ang deadline ng individual filing, ITR ng May 15. Hindi po, paunawa, yung buong taon ng 2019, annual return, due siya on or before April 15, 2020,” BIR deputy commissioner Marissa Cabreros said.

The process of ITR filing is now easier as taxpayers only have to fill out two to four pages of BIR forms. Taxpayers also can now pay their dues and submit tax returns online through the electronic filing and payment system and other online channels.

Cabreros also advised self-employed and professionals to file their income tax returns as early as January to avoid hassles and last-minute deadline glitches.

Taxpayers who will fail to file their 2019 tax returns on time will be charged with a 25 percent surcharge and a 12 percent interest per annum. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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