BIR reshuffles revenue district officers

Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has reshuffled at least 23 legal, fraud and prosecution officials nationwide to boost the agency’s run-after-tax-evaders (RATE) program aimed at enhancing voluntary payment of taxes.

To date, the BIR has filed more than 410 RATE cases before the Department of Justice (DOJ), a number of which has reached the Court of Tax Appeals for resolution.

The revamp program was carried out after the majority of the 125 revenue district officers (RDOs) nationwide were given new assignments last August.

Hardest hit by the revamp were RDOs assigned for years in tax-rich Metro Manila.

Among those who were given new assignments were lawyers Ferdinand de Leon, from Caloocan Revenue Region to Manila; Mario Salvador from Manila to Caloocan; Alberto Bomediano from San Pablo City to Pampanga; Edmond Lladoc from Legaspi City to personnel Adjudication division, and Lorna Crus from Quezon City assistant legal chief to chief of Legaspi legal division.

The BIR chief also issued separate travel assessment order for tax examiners based mostly in Mindanao.

They were transferred from one revenue district to another and vice versa after staying in their present assignments for more than three years.

The Tax Code requires “that internal revenue officers assigned to perform assessment and collection functions shall not remain in the same assignment for more than three years.”