Court of Tax Appeals, nagpalabas ng gag order laban sa BIR at sa kampo ni Cong. Manny Pacquiao

admin   •   December 5, 2013   •   2915

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares and World Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao (UNTV News)

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares and World Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nag-issue ng gag order ang first division ng Court of Tax Appeals laban sa Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) at kampo ni Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao.

Inatasan ni Judge Roman Del Rosario ang magkabilang panig na huwag munang magsalita sa publiko o sa media na maaaring makaapekto sa kaso habang dinidinig pa ito ng korte.

Kaunay ito sa civil case na inihain ng BIR sa kongresista dahil sa umanoy unpaid tax nito noong 2008-2009 na nagkakahalaga ng P2.2-billion.

Sa pag-kuwenta ng BIR, aabot ng P3.2-billion ang tax liability ni Pacquiao kasama na ang interes at penalties.

Nagkasundo naman ang prosekusyon at depensa.

Sinabi ni Atty. Jason Fernandez, abogado ni Pacquiao na sakop din ng gag order ang maybahay ng kongrsista na si Jinkee, maging ang inang si Mommy Dionisia.

Ngayon araw ay nakatakda sanang dinggin ang mosyon na inihain ni Cong. Pacquiao sa Court of Tax Appeal na humihiling na alisin ang warrant of garnishment sa kanyang bank accounts na inilabas ng BIR noong October 17, subalit hiniling ng BIR na ipagpaliban ang hearing sa January 16.

Samantala, nagpaabot naman ng suporta ang mga kasamahang kongresista ni Pacquio sa kamara sa pamamagitan ng paghahain ng House Bill No. 3506.

Hinihiling nito na gawing tax exempted ang mga Filipino athlete na nakikipaglaban sa ibang bansa at naguuwi ng karangalan sa bansa, gaya ng ating pambansang kamao.

“Kung nabibigyan natin ng tax exemption yung ibang industriya o ibang sector bakit hindi natin mabigyan ng ng tax exemption yung mga kagaya ni Many Pacquiao na nakakapagbigay talaga ng karangalan sa bansa,” pahayag ni Abakada Party-list Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Manny Pacquiao asks US Pres. Biden to expedite delivery of vaccines for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao said he is trying to personally contact United States President Joe Biden to expedite the delivery of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

Last April, the Senator has sent a letter to the White House through Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Romualdez to ask the US President’s help in expediting the processing of around 20 million doses of Moderna vaccines procured by the Philippine government and private sectors.

Sumulat ako dahil medyo nababagalan ako [sa] pag-deliver ng vaccine dito satin. Ang ibang bansa, massive na ang vaccination nila (I wrote because I feel that the delivery of vaccines here in the country is slow. The other countries are already conducting massive vaccination),” he said.

Pacquiao said he is not overstepping President Rodrigo Duterte and stressed that he just wanted to help.

Ang presidente ngayon ng US na-meet ko na siya noong 2011, sa tingin ko naman kilala niya ako. So makakatulong ng malaki ang sulat natin, ang request natin sa kaniya na mapagbigyan tayo (I have already met the current US President back in 2011, I think he knows me. So our letter will be a big help that he will grant our request),” he said.

The White House has still yet to reply to the Senator’s letter, but it has been received by the office of President Biden.

Meanwhile, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. previously said there will be a steady vaccine supply in the country in June, including the 194,000doses of Moderna vaccines. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

BOC, BIR to start field testing enforcement on fuel products on April 26

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) have announced their intention to begin Field Testing Enforcement activities on fuel products beginning April 26.

The testing covers gasoline, diesel, and kerosene found in warehouses, storage tanks, gas stations, other retail outlets, and in such other properties, to check if they contain the required Fuel Marker level.

Vessels, tank trucks, and similar fuel transporting vehicles will also be covered by the enforcement activities.

Under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, petroleum products found without the Official Fuel Marker or not containing the required level of the Official Fuel Marker are subject to payment of duties and taxes, as well as appropriate fines and penalties.

The payment is without prejudice to the confiscation and forfeiture of such Unmarked or Diluted Fuel and the filing of the appropriate criminal case.

The Field Testing process will be done using Mobile Laboratory Units equipped with analyzers capable of detecting the Official Fuel Marker’s presence in any fuel sample.

The test result will be generated on-site and will indicate a pass or fail result. Products with failed results will be subjected to Confirmatory Testing in the Fuel Testing Facility.

For purposes of transparency, the owner of the fuel or his representative will be allowed to witness the Field and Confirmatory Testing.

The two Bureaus began the Transitory Field Testing activities in February this year and will continue until April 26, 2021.

Under the Transitory Field Testing, sample fuels from retail stations and tank trucks in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces were tested to determine the marker levels in the fuel supply available in the domestic market.

The Fuel Marking Program aims to raise revenues while curbing fuel smuggling and leveling the Philippine oil industry.

Beginning its implementation in September 2019 to December 2020, the BOC and BIR marked a total of 17.55 billion liters of fuel and have collected Php171.72 billion in duties and taxes under the program.

BIR, DOF urged to extend deadline for ITR filing

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Department of Finance (DOF) to reconsider their decision not to extend the April 15 deadline for the filing and payment of annual income tax returns for the year 2020.

“I-extend na lang sana ang April 15 deadline, kahit na sa NCR Plus lang. We already extended last year dahil sa enhanced community quarantine. Nasa parehong sitwasyon tayo a year later, kaya hindi ko naiintindihan bakit hindi mapagbigyan,” Binay said in a statement.

BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa on Monday said the bureau would not be extending the deadline due to the government’s need to reach its revenue targets to fund the pandemic response.

As a relief for taxpayers, Dulay said the BIR will allow the filing of a tentative ITR before the deadline and give them until May 15 to amend the returns without penalties.

If overpayment of taxes will be made on the revised ITRs, the bureau said taxpayers can either file for a refund, or choose to carry over the overpaid tax as a credit against the tax due for the same tax type in the following period.

But Binay said individual taxpayers and even micro and small businesses would find it difficult to comply, in the first place, given the restrictions on movement.

“Ang talo kasi rito iyong mga indibidwal at maliliit na negosyo na limitado ang kapasidad na kumpletuhin ang mga requirements dahil sa lockdown. So para sa kanila, walang bearing ang no-penalty amendments dahil baka mismong pag-file hindi nila magawa,” she said.

The senator also said that even corporate taxpayers would be pressed for time in adjusting their payments to the lower rates provided as relief by the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Law, which President Rodrigo Duterte only signed on March 26. The BIR released the law’s draft implementing rules and regulations on Tuesday.

Binay also stressed that a deadline extension does not mean non-payment.

“Hindi naman dahil extended ay hindi na magbabayad. Those who are able to will file and pay. Ang panawagan lang naman natin is not to penalize those who are unable to comply because of the difficulties presented by the lockdown,” she said.

Based on the BIR’s monthly collection goal, the agency aims to collect P235.237 billion in April.

The BIR said taxpayers or assigned officers can also use their electronic signatures in filing returns, attachments, and other documents needed, which will be considered as actual signatures.

It recently allowed taxpayers to file their returns and make payments anywhere, or even outside the area covered by Revenue District Offices where they are registered, without incurring penalties.

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