By Iris C. Gonzales (The Philippine Star) Updated October 29, 2012 12:00
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has moved a step closer in its plan to re-engineer and modernize its system with the pilot testing of the use of the electronic BIR Forms Package (eBIRForms) in the preparation and filing of tax returns.
BIR Commissioner Kim Henares, in a revenue memorandum circular issued on Oct. 12, allowed the use of the eBIRForms for at least 31 BIR documents crucial in the filing and preparation of tax returns.
The pilot-testing took effect on Oct. 16.
“The eBIR Forms Package is developed primarily to provide taxpayers with accessible convenient service through easy preparation,” the BIR circular said
It also said that the use of the electronic forms aims to provide an alternative to the conventional manual mode of filing up tax returns on pre-printed forms that are highly susceptible to human error. The package allows the taxpayers to accomplish or fill up the forms offline.
Furthermore, according to the BIR circular, the taxpayers can directly encode data, validate, edit, save, delete, view and print the tax returns. The package has automatic computations and has the capability to validate information inputted by the taxpayers.
Among the forms in the package to be pilot-tested are the Monthly Remittance Return of Value-Added Tax and Other Percentage of Taxes Withheld; Remittance Return of Percentage Tax on Winnings and Prizes Withheld by Race Track Operators; Monthly Remittance Return of Income Taxes Withheld on Compensation, the Monthly Remittance Return of Creditable Income Taxes Withheld and the Monthly Remittance Return of Final Income Taxes Withheld.
The BIR, the government’s second largest revenue earner, has been trying to re-engineer its processes to widen the taxpayer database and boost collections.
This year, it is tasked to collect P1.066 trillion in revenues from an actual collection of P924 billion in 2012.