BIR: Late tax filers face stiff penalties


ANNUAL CRUSH Taxpayers, who waited till the last day, jam a Bureau of Internal Revenue office in Intramuros, Manila, on Monday to file their returns and avoid penalties. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said the April 16 deadline for the filing of income tax returns (ITRs) will not be extended and those who failed to beat the cutoff date face stiff penalties.

Penalties for late filing include a 20-percent interest per annum, a 25-percent surcharge and a compromise fee dependent on one’s tax due.

The BIR had been urging the public to file their ITRs and pay their taxes on time, hoping to generate significant tax revenues early in the year given its task to fund bulk of the government’s higher expenditure requirements for 2012.

There is now an option for taxpayers to file tax returns and pay taxes online.

The BIR offices remained open even after the previously announced 5 p.m. closing time on Monday.

“It has always been this way. People still choose the last day to file their ITRs,” said revenue officer Benjamin Casals.

Casals noted that the new ITR forms caused a bit of confusion among taxpayers although tax officers were on hand for those who need assistance.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares noted that the new forms, downloadable from the BIR’s website (, require more taxpayer information.

“The interactive [version] of the forms are made available so people may fill it up on the computer before printing so they won’t have to get in line to acquire forms in their respective regional branches anymore,” an information officer said.

Taxpayers may also pay taxes through accredited agent banks, a list of which is posted on the website.

The BIR is tasked to collect P1.066 trillion in taxes this year to help fund the government’s expenditure programs.  With a report from Julie M. Aurelio and Daphne Magtubo, trainee

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  • Chly Torres

    the most painful part is we know where this money is going to. its more fun in the philippines

  • KarlLiebknecht

    BIR gets a failing grade when it comes to communicating important information. There was no special attention-getting announcement in big red letters ahead of time on the electronic filing system about the change in forms. Many people were very stressed out by the surprise when they found out. In addition, the location of the BIR office in our province had changed – also without notice – which led to more stress when filing. BIR is wrong to think that people check the BIR online routinely. They don’t. Electronic filers only go online to file. That’s the time when BIR has an opportunity to communicate important update information. BIR needs to get its act together. It’s not just late filers who need to be chastised and fined.

  • prangka

    SALN in disguise.

  • Harry

    Why should the government charge an interest much, much higher than the banks, are they out to make money too? 

    A nominal interest and surcharge should serve as sufficient penalty to delinquent taxpayers and penalties that are too extreme will just make taxpayers more hesitant to be open and, perhaps, force them to resort in bribing the BIR assessors.

    For tax rebates or credits, the government never set deadlines nor award the recipients with a 20% per annum interest for the delays (never mind the surcharge because it is impossible to penalize the government). Here, we can see the unfair governmental practices in a democracy.

    • marienkind

       If you don’t pay your taxes you have no rights to government services. To prevent freeloaders, they have penalties. Makes sense. How hard is it to file taxes anyway>?

  • Bisaya_Man

    Govt demands money thru tax from us, but govt is not performing well in handling the tax they got from us. Govt should be penalize also if they could not use our money properly/wisely for the improvement of our country. Hhmmmm….

  • pangitbudhiko

    GOV’T PRIORITIES ARE WACK If you are an individual and you are a tax filer and don’t have moeny owing to the government you should not be penalize if you file your tax return late/ However if you have to pay and you file it late you should be penalize

  • Bansot

    The 20% per annum interest and 25% surcharge respectively are onerous considering the high costs of living relative to the earnings of an average ciitizen. To add salt to the wounds, people with no income at all, don’t have to pay any income tax at all and are entitled for a conditional cash transfer (CCT) which are funded from the sweat and hard work of those taxpayers !!!! WOW ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES,, MORE FUN ( STUPID!!)

  • Bansot

    It’s so ridiculous, T-Shirt of the BIR reps have the sign I love the Philippines, pay your taxes. It is more appropriate had they put it as ‘ I LOVE YOUR TAXES””—  PAY NOW OR CRY LATER !!!

  • Guest

    What late filing? No no not for me! I AM the law!

  • Peter

    Why am I paying taxes anyway?  Where are these so-called government services that I’m paying for? 

    All I i’m seeing is the every increasing prices of commodities, gas and electricity!  Iyan ba binabayaran ko? Ang pataasin ang bilihin para mahirapan ako lalo?

    Ang galing nitong BIR magdemand ng taxes eh wala naman napupuntahan ang taxes namin.  diretso lang sa bulsa ninyong mga politiko

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