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BIR–CAR collects P6.6 B in 2017
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The Bureau of Internal Revenue-Cordillera has increased its collection by almost a P1 billion in 2017, although falling short by two percent of its collection goal for the past taxable year.

BIR Collection Division OIC Chief Barnabas Akilit reported Tuesday that Revenue Region No. 2 collected a total of P6,698,831,574.84 last year, up by 16.42 percent compared with P5,754,237,203.66 collected in 2016. Majority of the Cordillera RDOs exceeded their collection in 2016.

He said the region targeted to collect P6.8B for 2017 but got short by 2.08 percent.

Seventy-one percent of the collection came from Revenue District Office 8-Baguio and 9 for Benguet, with Baguio bringing in P3.7B and Benguet, P991 million.

RDO 11 for Kalinga-Apayao collected P754M; RDO-7 Abra, P488M; RDO-10 Mountain Province, P357M; and RDO-12 Ifugao, P334M.

Bulk of the collection came from income tax (P4.1B) and value added tax (P1.8B).

For 2018, BIR-CAR is targeting to collect P7.016B or 2.57 percent higher than last year’s goal.

Atty. Amado Navarro of the Office of the Regional Director, however, said they expect not to be able to collect about P1.2B due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law effective last January.

Under the adjusted income tax of employees based on the new tax reform law, self-employed workers, professionals, those receiving an annual income of P250,000 and below will be exempt from tax.

“The exemption of that bracket of income earners is very significant to our performance because we will no longer be able to collect from them. We think out of our previous collection, P1.2B is considered foregone because all of those who receive salary within the bracket no longer have to pay tax. Their take home pay will increase,” Navarro said.

BIR Regional Director Douglas Rufino said they are expecting to meet their collection goal despite the TRAIN implementation. They have recently launched a massive information campaign as well as investigation and verification drives to assure proper payment of taxes to recover the foregone revenues as an effect of the new law.


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