The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), in a statement, said Dulay met with the various business groups just last week when they also ventilated their concerns on tax collection and administration. In that meeting, Dulay received the collective support of the various business groupings, whose cooperation should “significantly improve, if not fully attain, the revenue collection goal for this year.”
The meeting was attended by George Barcelon Edgardo Lacson and Alfredo Yao of Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Ambassador Francis Chua of International Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. and Ramon Aviado Jr. of Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc.; Ambassador Donald Dee of Employers Confederation of the Philippines; Roberto Amores of Philippine Food Exporters Confederation; Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc.; and Deng Jun of the Bank of China.
The business leaders discussed their concerns and recommendations on various tax issues and policies pursued at present.
Among the issues discussed by the business leaders was the one on tax simplification, tax amnesty, simplification of requirements for clearances/permits and renewal of registration for tax exemption, suspension of audit and the policies on storage of documents.
In response, Dulay said he will consider the suggestions and issues raised by the business leaders and asked them to submit a list of revenue regulations they wanted reviewed.
Dulay gave assurance “whatever changes or improvement that will be undertaken will have significant implication on the tax take for the year.”
“The said changes should not only help taxpayers, but, more important, also benefit the lower strata of the population because of the President’s policy to prioritize the poor and the disadvantaged,” Dulay said.