BIR needs 18,000 workers; relatives need not apply
Manila, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) plans to hire 8,000 college graduates, preferably lawyers and accountants, to beef up its personnel complement from 10,000 to 18,000, BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto Henares said yesterday.
But relatives of BIR employees need not apply.
Henares said Malacañang and the Department of Finance (DOF) have come up with new structural changes for the agency following the completion of its rationalization plan.
She said interested individuals may apply at the personnel division in the national office, or at any of the bureau’s 19 regional offices nationwide.
An applicant must be 30 years of age or less, preferably a lawyer or certified public accountants, with no relative in the bureau up to fourth degree of consanguinity.
They will be required to take oral and written examinations.
Through the years, the BIR has been batting for an increase in manpower to effectively cover all taxpayers and monitor tax remittances.
BIR sources said that tax leakages involving billions of pesos annually were partly due to the country’s lack of tax collectors and examiners, the lowest in number among countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
They said that Vietnam has fewer taxpayers compared to the Philippines but has more than 35,000 taxmen.
Under the organization reforms, names of the several divisions and offices were changed to make it more relevant to their functions.
The internal audit division is now called the performance evaluation division and is placed directly under the Office of the Commissioner.