Scrap ‘cedula’–Henares

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BIR Commissioner Kim Henares. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said on Thursday she favored the scrapping of the “cedula” or community tax certificate, saying it no longer had any use today.

“Actually, if there is going to be any policy reform, the first reform is to remove what is not needed. The cedula is something we do not need now,’’ Henares said at a news conference at the Department of Justice after charging model and actress Solenn Heussaff with tax evasion.

She noted that the cedula had been existing since the Spanish colonial era and that nowadays was not required in the notarization of documents because “everyone knows you can get a cedula anywhere.’’

Henares said the Bureau of Internal Revenue had been spending millions of pesos annually to print the cedula for local governments, but revenue from their sales did not get back to the agency or the national government.

“So if you want reforms, I think that is an area that is ripe for reform, you remove that,’’ she said. Christine O. Avendaño

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  • joshmale2004

    I concur with your suggestion commissioner.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Mabuti pa punitin mo na lang yang sedula, Henares at sumigaw ka ng “Himagsikan” like a true KKK.

  • Pulokoy

    amen … you can get them for 5 pesos .. i really dont how we use it or how the government use it

  • nakawan

    yes. please remove that ridiculous document and enforce a municipal/city ID system instead

    • tyurl

      Why stop at municipal/city level? Make it National ID.

      • AntiAko

        I agree!

      • gikiness

        I disagree, it should be one National ID

      • nakawan

        because at the municipal/city level, authorities can easily discern–AT A GLANCE– if you are a certified resident of the city, and not some pro squatter or drifter. it would make it easier for police to round up undesirables

  • Stuubs

    Mam, when are you going to start filing charges of tax evasion against your super rich Chinese relatives and friends ?…siguro yan muna ang dapat uunahin nyo,..baka maginh hao-shao na naman yan.

  • Makabayan_cebu

    Oo, nga, punitin at alisin na lang ang cebula ora mismo hehehehe..dahil sa kaka-imprinta nito, marami pang kahoy at gubat ang tutumbanin (nakakalbo na nga an mga gubat, eh) para sa paggawa ng papel na cedula!

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      pag taxation talaga ang pag uusapan, ayaw ng mga tao ang tax, this is the same thing that happened during the GMA administration, ayaw ng mga tao ang EVAT. Pero ngayon panay puri nila kay PNOY dahil nag improve ang economy. Umangat kaya ang economy ng Pinas kung wala pa ang taxation? There is really a lot of improvement happening in the local governments too. For example in Cebu City, Senior Citizens recieve a 4thousand birthday gift and another 4thousand medical allowance annually. In the North District of Cebu City, poor people get a 12thousand subsidized aid for funeral expenses and 20thousand health benefit subsidy for medical expenses. On top of these, the Cebu City Government is giving out hundreds of scholarships amounting to 11,000 subsidy per student per semester.

      Galing ito lahat sa taxation.

      Ang problema ng mga tao, away magbayad ng buwis, gusto lang makinabang sa benifisyo ng gobyerno.

      GUSTO LANG MODAWAT UG LIMPYO.

  • brunogiordano

    “Henares said the Bureau of Internal Revenue had been spending millions of pesos annually to print the cedula for local governments, but revenue from their sales did not get back to the agency or the national government.”

    Ang mga kumikita lang dito ay iyong nagbebenta ng plastic cover na OBVIOUS kasabwat ng mga nag iissue ng CEDULA.

    By all means abolish na ang CEDULA.

  • marlo concepcion

    it’s a waste of paper, time falling in line and anyone can lie.
    “employed?”
    “wala pong trabaho.”
    undeclared para mura lang ang sedula.
    sa pasig, kahit anong papeles ang lakarin mo required ang sedula.
    punyemas na sedula. punitin!

  • gilbs72

    Or improve on EVERYTHING that failed about it. Without having to enact new laws or rules, if implemented well the cedula can function as a national ID system.

  • kismaytami

    Alisin na yang cedula. Pero huwag kayong magreklamo riyan sa BIR na gumagastos kayo ng milyones para mag-imprenta, hindi naman namin hinihingi ang cedula sa inyo.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    kawawa naman ang mga treasurers at collectors. wala nang hanap buhay, kung sakali.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kudasai.lee Kudasai Lee

      Duh! mas maraming pinoy ang magbe-benefit kung matatanggal ang cedula. Dagdag-gastos lang yan. Maraming namang work, nahap nalang sila ng ibang work ang matatanggal. Or I’m sure, may paglalagyan naman sa kanila sa ibang department. Unless pagsusulat lang sa cedula ang alam nila.

  • Nimrod Suaez

    Finally after more than a hundred year, the BIR sees the wisdom of Andres Bonifactio and his KKK for tearing their cedulas……

  • boybakal

    Cedula is the ID of the poor.
    It is beneficial to those who cannot afford to have plastic ID or drivers license as identification.

    • Karabkatab

      Voter’s ID is better than cedula.

  • farmerpo

    The last vestigial symbol of colonialism, to be scrapped at last. Do it now. Next, e vat.

  • Natx Bacalzo

    Kim Henares for President in 2016 or 2012!

  • nes911

    Agree. At huwag na rin mag file ng income tax statement lahat ng rank and file employees ng gobyerno. Tama na yung kaltasan na lng ng witholding tax kada suweldo. Malaki pa ang mamemenos dito.

  • vin reyes

    sisihin nyo mga lokal na pamahalaan ng mga munisipalidad kung bakit hindi bumabalik ang ginastos nyo sa pag imprenta nyan…tama yung sinabi ng isa dito…hindi naman namin hinihingi sa inyo yan..binabayaran namin…kastiguhin nyo yang mga buwayang nasa mga munisipyo..sila ang habulin nyo mga tinamaan kayo ng magagaling..tutal naman e trabaho nyo na rin ang habulin ng habulin ang mga hindi nagbabayad ng tama sa buwis..isabay nyo na rin ang tungkol dyan sa cedula..tutal naman sa inyo na rin nagmula ang issue na yan..imbestigahan nyo kung saan napupunta ang mga ibinabayad ng bawa’t mamamayan ng mga munisipalidad sa buong kapuluan..hindi pwedeng basta nyo na lang ito alisin..ano yan kakalimutan na lang ang mga ginastos dyan sa pag imprenta ng mga community tax certificate or cedula? pera din ng mamamayan ang ginastos dyan..alamin nyong mabuti kung saan napunta bago nyo ito alisin para malinaw sa lahat kasuhan nyo rin kung maaari…sigurado daming madadale dyan..

  • Kristoffer Atienza

    Yup. it’s a form of corruption and a questionable output of funds for local governments.

  • speedstream2

    Makes sense. Make it happen now.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Good move and good news. When I was a young working man, I diligently calculated the amount I should give using the instructions. I seemed to have struck lightning on the person processing the cedula.

    Years later, to my shame, I discovered everyone was getting a cedula for around P20 or less (one of the commentators post below). Therefore, it is useless.

    The cedula seems to be double taxation for those who are working, which is criminal law because an ordinary person can only have one taxable job most of the time.

    Regarding alternative, there already is one which is neutral to most issues. In fact, everyone should have it. It is called the SSS ID.

  • rightist

    Cedula is a joke. We need a national ID system. It can be used for all government and some private transactions. Those who fear it have something to hide.

    • Johnny

      True. Lalo na mga terrorist/illegal aliens.

  • Beersheva

    Please abolish the cedula this year on November 30, 2013 – the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio.

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      hay naku pag taxation talaga ang pag uusapan, ayaw ng mga tao ang tax, this is the same thing that happened during the GMA administration, ayaw ng mga tao ang EVAT. Pero ngayon panay puri nila kay PNOY dahil nag improve ang economy. Umangat kaya ang economy ng Pinas kung wala pa ang taxation? There is really a lot of improvement happening in the local governments too. For example in Cebu City, Senior Citizens recieve a 4thousand birthday gift and another 4thousand medical allowance annually. In the North District of Cebu City, poor people get a 12thousand subsidized aid for funeral expenses and 20thousand health benefit subsidy for medical expenses. On top of these, the Cebu City Government is giving out hundreds of scholarships amounting to 11,000 subsidy per student per semester.

      Galing ito lahat sa taxation.

      Ang problema ng mga tao, away magbayad ng buwis, gusto lang makinabang sa benifisyo ng gobyerno.

      GUSTO LANG MODAWAT UG LIMPYO.

  • alex_diaz2014

    Agree. Community Tax Certificate is useless!

  • $16638896

    matagal ko na rin iniisip kung ano tlga silbi ng cedula eh, di ko mainitindihan at ginagawa itong requirement. dapat nga tanggalin na itong wlang kwentang requirement na ito.

  • AntiAko

    Bless you, Kim!

  • im_earth

    pag may himagsikan ibalik ang CEDULA!!!

    good job KIM!

  • ruthieem7

    YESSS. Remove the excessive red tape, please!

  • Romeo Godoy Maglunsod

    cedula isang uri ng mekanismong ginamit ng mga mapanakop na espanya, kaya nga pinalagan ni gat andres bonifacio dahil wala itong kwentang papel na nagpapahirap pa lalo sa mga mahihirap. Kung kinakailangan pa ng batas para isawalang bisa ang pangongolekta nyan ipalobby na sa mga kongresista at senador yan. Sayang lang ang pera na ginagastos at puno na pinuputol para sa lang sa pesteng papel na yan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eduard-Signo/1335150260 Eduard Signo

    cedula reflect our gov’t are so cheap,,you can buy it on the street vendor.not just like iqma of saudi arabia,,also why if you use toilet in the philippines you have to pay it a certain amount..toilet are for public service…………better to scrap cedula..

  • prince_janus

    Oo nga dagdag pasakit lang ito sa binabayaran ng mga taxpayers. Tanggalin na yang walang kwenta na CEDULA. Mabuhay si Commissioner Henares!

  • potchi25

    Oo nga, just scrap this cedula. Sa bangketa nga malapit sa PRC Manila madami nagbebenta nyan e. Bumabalik ba sa BIR yung benta nila ng cedula?

  • Ariel Molina

    Replace nalang ng automated ID para pag ang Tao Medyo ka Duda Duda the police can confront him/ her .. At maging batayan pa Ito ng tamang pagkakilanlan ng Tao. Walang ID pweding damputin dalhin sa presento.

  • monses

    Its long overdue….thanks anyway.

  • marienkind

    And with that, the final source of actual income in Manila City hall is gone. lol

  • http://eltorobumingo.blogspot.com/ el toro bumingo

    Wish ko lang talagang ituloy n’ya yang sinabi n’ya. Sana ‘di s’ya matalo ng mga nakikinabang sa cedula a.k.a. mga local politicians :)

  • Kamoteng Baging

    Paano naman yung kamag anak na nagsupply ng cedula sa gobyerno? Alaws kita na.

  • eigendik

    punitin ang cedula!

  • Fancy Tan

    Yong pondo para jan ay gamitin para sa national ID., mas maganda pa. Then renew ka nalang ng renew.

  • kilabot

    yan ang gusto ko kay kim.
    deretso at may sustansya kung magsalita;
    at bilog ang mukha.

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    national ID system that can be used on ANY government agency…

    hindi yung NBI / SSS / PAGIBIG / voter’s / TIN at kung anu ano pa

    syempre, hiwalay ang driver’s license

  • romie carillo

    The cedula is another source of income of the Barangay Captain. And I’m telling you there is no standard charge for a cedula. It depends on the barangay captain. Gets nyo????

  • santosboi

    yup scrap this crap.

  • Danny Day

    I have never applied for a “cedula” and never even understood what it was for. It should have been scrapped when the Philippines gained it’s independence from Spain. Speaking of reform on what is not needed, they should scrap the barangay clearance, too.

  • hustlergalore

    buti naman, e kasi dapat lang. LOL

  • gryzyxwoz

    If she can do this, she can very well weed out the redundancy in so many forms that businesses are now being required to file . Some of these newer ones are designed to make the BIR evade the manual and digital encoding of data. We pay taxes, but they should do the stuff that is inherent in their work as the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Don’t make taxpayers do your work, Madame Commissioner!

  • virgoyap

    Cedula has no value at all I can use my 1990 cedula number for any transaction needed with the government.

  • Duke Dux Ducis

    ay tanga…nagbibigay ng revenue yan sa mga municipalities & cities…pan dagdag ng revenue…come to think of it karamihan satin di nagbabayad ng tax…mga driver ng trike, labandera, naglalako…diko sinsabing i tax sila…but scrapping the cedula sayang naman magagamit ng local government ang konting dagdag na tax na yan…

    • Frances Deniel

      Dagdag na kukurakutin!

    • mave

      ikaw kaya singilin ng sedula 350 pisos ganun ang singilan dito sa amin sa bulacan, ginagawa lang racket ng mga taga barangay..

  • Duke Dux Ducis

    ang e-vat law ang nagsalba sa Pinas…diba andaming kontra dati dun…asan na kaya tayo ngayon kung hindi sa e-vat…THE PHILIPPINES HAS A BAD TAX COLLECTION SYSYTEM…yan ang dapat ayusin ni henares…hindi pa pogi sa pag papa press conference that she was able to charge a well known person of tax evasion…si kris aquino bat hindi nya tignan tax payment…

  • alex ca

    mas maganda na ang ID system na lang para makita ang lahat mga nagtatago na masabi nating galit sa lahat….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cali-To/100001548147821 Cali To

    long overdue!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cali-To/100001548147821 Cali To

    in Singapore & HK, there is no tax or duties for importation of goods yet these 2 is very progressive. They have more time to look into business taxes.

    dito ang dami na taxes pero poor kasi nabubulsa sa gobyerno pa lang

  • phipher filipino

    Mabuti pa kayo may isip… sunod niyan scrap some other certificates and clearances required during job applications like NBI clearance… meron nang Police clearance kailangan pa ng NBI clearance? Ano ba talaga?

    • Billy Moreno

      NBI Clearance I believe should be a requirement for job-seekers.

      • phipher filipino

        So be it! Scrap Police Clearance…

  • Mark

    The only bright star in the Aquino government, the falling star would be Tsupsi Biazon.

  • catalansbarce

    Salamat Maam Henares napuna mo na walang silbi ang
    cedula., sana ipatupad yan. I am infavor of National ID gaya sa
    European Union, ang National ID lang ang ipakita kung ikaw ay
    magpunta sa mga member countries.

  • Bisdak_kaayo

    pag taxation talaga ang pag uusapan, ayaw ng mga tao ang tax, this is the same thing that happened during the GMA administration, ayaw ng mga tao ang EVAT. Pero ngayon panay puri nila kay PNOY dahil nag improve ang economy. Umangat kaya ang economy ng Pinas kung wala pa ang taxation? There is really a lot of improvement happening in the local governments too. For example in Cebu City, Senior Citizens recieve a 4thousand birthday gift and another 4thousand medical allowance annually. In the North District of Cebu City, poor people get a 12thousand subsidized aid for funeral expenses and 20thousand health benefit subsidy for medical expenses. On top of these, the Cebu City Government is giving out hundreds of scholarships amounting to 11,000 subsidy per student per semester.

    Galing ito lahat sa taxation.

    Ang problema ng mga tao, away magbayad ng buwis, gusto lang makinabang sa benifisyo ng gobyerno.

    GUSTO LANG MODAWAT UG LIMPYO.

  • eltee2012

    >>>tapat tanggalin talaga ang sedula.
    >>>ipatupad na dapat ang “National ID”

  • adan republica

    Go aand push the national ID system..

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