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Thousands fail to beat 2013 income tax filing deadline

Manila, Philippines — Thousands of individual taxpayers in Metro Manila and elsewhere failed yesterday to beat the deadline in the filing their 2013 income tax returns (ITRs).

“Nothing has changed. Many taxpayers still wait for the last-minute rush to submit their ITRs,” said Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)

The BIR chief made the comment after visiting various tax filing centers in the metropolis to get the actual feel of the situation.

She described the yearly exercise as “peaceful” and “orderly” despite long lines of taxpayers waiting patiently to be served.

Quezon City Revenue Regional Director Jonas Amora said “taxpayers should not complain about the last-minute hustle and they could have avoided it if they just listen to our advice to submit the documents early.”

Insiders attributed the overcrowding of filers to the decision of the management not to install special tax filing booths in shopping malls and other public places as what was done previously.

Many taxpayers were not able to file their returns because revenue offices were closed at the end of office hours at 5 p.m.

Henares said the deadline will not be extended and those who submit the ITRs today will be required to pay fines of 20 percent interests and 25 percent surcharge on the tax due.

March Collection

Meanwhile, the BIR reported yesterday a total take of P82.1 billion last month which was 9.8 percent, or P7.3 billion higher over the actual collection for the same period last year.

Henares said the March collection covered P79.9 billion from operations and P3.2 billion from non-operations which consisted of taxes imposed on the sales of share of stocks and interests from treasury bills.

The BIR chief said the 19 regional offices contributed more than P31.7 billion which was more than P2.9 billion over the take the previous year.