BIR Regional Office in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City

Some Php3.062 billion in taxes have been collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Revenue Region 16 (BIR RR-16), from January to July, this year.

“This is actually 27.34 percent higher compared to our collection of Php2.404 billion for the same period, last year,” Esmeralda M. Tabule, Regional Director of BIR RR-16, said, during the recent awarding of the region’s top taxpayers for 2009, in observance of BIR’s 106th anniversary.

The BIR anniversary is celebrated every August and this year’s theme is “Tamang Buwis ay Bayaran nang Maibsan ang Kahirapan” (Paying the Correct Taxes Can Reduce Poverty).

She also said their collection for the first seven (7) months of the year is 109.96 percent compared to their goal for the period of Php2.78 billion.

“I am confident that through the joint efforts of the BIR and the taxpayers, we can heed the call of Pres. Benigno C. Aquino, to help the nation recover and sustain its productivity and prosperity which he promised to attain during his inaugural speech,” Tabule said.

Thus, she appealed to the taxpayers to keep up, if not increase, the level of tax compliance in order to assist BIR RR-16 in achieving its annual tax collection goal of Php5.38 billion which has been subsequently raised to 5.51 billion by the President.

Meanwhile, the highest amount of tax collection was done by Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 98 of Cagayan de Oro City, with Php1.685 billion, higher by 32 percent over its collection of Php1.274 billion in the same period, last year.

The other RDO’s collection growth for the period were as follows: RDO No. 97, Gingoog City, from Php96.25 million to Php114.69 million, up by 19.25 percent and RDO No. 99, Malaybalay City, from Pph298.09 million to Php404.91 million, up by 35.84 percent .

RDO No. 100, Iligan City, from Php220.29 million to Php306.27 million, up by 39.03 percent, RDO No. 102, Marawi City, from Php94.89million to Php142.56million, up by 50.24 percent and RDO No. 101, Ozamiz City, from Php420.04 million to Php407.98 million, down by 2.87 percent. (PIA 10)

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