BIR appeals to taxpayers to file ITRs ahead of April 18 deadline

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued a public appeal for local taxpayers to file their 2021 Income Tax Returns before the April 18, 2022 deadline.

In a interview with the Tribune last week, the new Virac Revenue District Officer, Maria Cristina Yuson, said that her office has been given the goal of collecting a total of P656,687,000.00 for 2022.

This year’s goal is almost 21% higher than the 2021 goal of P543 million, which RDO 69 barely surpassed with a margin of just over two percent.

It is likewise P155 million more than the P501 million that Catanduanes taxpayers paid in 2020, Tribune records show.

A majority of the local BIR’s revenue collection is contributed by local government units through their withholding taxes from their contracts and purchases, RDO Yuson disclosed.

It is for this reason that the bureau is appealing to municipal mayors to remind barangays to file their withheld taxes on time.

She bared that to drum up the public’s support for the tax campaign, RDO Virac will kick it off with a motorcade around the Virac población this April 4.

Last week, one of the new RDO’s new tasks was to lead a three-day, Zoom-based campaign to persuade local political candidates, political parties, partylist groups and campaign contributors to comply with their withholding tax requirements under the law.

Yuson, who was recently assistant RDO in Sorsogon City, succeeded former RDO Daisy Baroma who retired last Jan. 31, 2022.

The Legazpi City-based Certified Public Accountant has been in the BIR for 16 years now, joining the agency at age 28 as examiner at its Masbate office.

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