BIR needs 6,000 lawyers, CPAs to boost drive
Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue is hiring an additional 6,000 lawyers and certified public accountants to boost its tax collection campaign and hit this year’s estimated P1.3 trillion target for the year.
This was disclosed yesterday by BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto Henares as the Department of Budget and Management approved the bureau’s rationalization plan.
Henares said graduates of commerce courses with at least 18 units in accounting may also apply as collection officers to be assigned in the provinces.
The recruitment program will increase the personnel complement of the bureau from 12,000 to 18,000.
Under the plan, the BIR will detail one collection officer per town or municipality to maximize the collection of taxes in the countryside.
Many taxpayers in the provinces escaped payment of correct taxes, or pay no taxes at all because of the shortage of collection officers.
Presently, three or four adjoining towns are covered by only one collection agent.
Likewise, financial statements of many taxpayers in Metro Manila and other urban centers are not thoroughly assessed because of lack of manpower, thus the hiring of additional lawyers and CPAs.
Records showed that the bureau has only about 3,500 personnel directly into the the tax collection job, a small number compared to other South East Asian Countries which have thrice or four times more.
BIR insiders cited Vietnam which has more than 44,000 tax examiners despite the fact that its economy is smaller compared to the Philippines and its major industries under government control.