By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will have two new regional offices in Metro Manila before the end of June as President Rodrigo Duterte approved the splitting of Makati and Quezon City regional offices to closely monitor and boost collection in this tax-rich area of the metropolis and Rizal Province.
Revenue Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa said the brand new regional offices will be set up in strategic locations to service taxpayers “effectively and conveniently.”
He said district offices outside the Quezon City region like those in Pasig, Marikina, Mandaluyong, Cainta, and San Juan will be separated to form another region.
Likewise, Taguig, Pasay, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, and Las Piñas district offices will separated from Makati regional office to constitute another region.
The splitting of the big regional offices was recommended by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay as part of the agency’s bid to improve tax administration and collection strategies.
The Makati and Quezon City regional offices have collection goals of P219 billion and P179 billion, respectively, for 2019.
The bureau is currently composed of 19 regions and 122 district offices, plus the large taxpayers service (LTS) which handles the audit of multinational, inter-related, and big companies and assigns to collect P1.4 trillion for the year.
As the foremost tax collection arm of the government, BIR was assigned to raise P2.3 trillion, roughly 62 percent of the P3.7-trillion outlay of the national government.