Unpopular BIR notches solid gains




On the weekend before the April 15 tax return deadline, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) took an unusual step.

On top of publishing the usual list of the Top 500 corporate and individual taxpayers, it also published lists of top taxpayers per revenue region all over the country.

More than 120 lists of top taxpayers from more than 120 revenue district offices were uploaded to the BIR’s website with the intention not so much to praise the people on the list but to shame those who were not listed.

“By law, we have to publish the top taxpayers’ list every year, but this practice only captures the data from the largest taxpayers, and they are mainly from Metro Manila,” Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares told the Inquirer.

Who are paying

By publishing taxpayer lists by the region, the BIR hopes to give people ideas as to who in the country are the most faithful in settling their tax obligations.

And Henares hopes publishing the lists will serve as a disincentive to smaller cases of tax evasion that may be happening off the radar—amounts that, when added up, come up to billions of pesos in uncollected taxes.

In Cebu—the country’s second-wealthiest metropolitan area—for example, the largest taxpayer in the restaurant category paid P382,158.41 in taxes for 2012. One beauty treatment clinic paid taxes worth P161,464.64, while one pawnshop paid P20,145.05.

“What we’re saying to people is: ‘You know who the rich people in your cities, in your communities, are. If they’re not on these lists, you have to wonder why,’” Henares said. “The lists also serve as guides for our regional offices.”

From all indications, the BIR’s name and shame campaign—three years after the reactivation by the Aquino administration of the Run after Tax Evaders campaign—is working wonders for the government’s revenue collection efforts.

Narrowing gaps

To be sure, the BIR continues to miss its annual collection targets. But data gathered by the Inquirer show that the BIR has been progressively reducing its misses since President Aquino assumed office in 2010.

In 2009, the interagency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) gave the BIR a collection target of P798.4 billion. The BIR was able to collect only P750.2 billion, missing the goal by 6.03 percent.

In 2010—the first half of which was under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second half under President Aquino—the DBCC assigned an P860.4 billion target to BIR. The revenue bureau collected P822.6 billion, missing the mark by 4.4 percent.

By 2011, the first full year of the Aquino administration, the gap between the BIR’s collection target and the actual collections had narrowed to 1.69 percent (goal of P940 billion against collections of P924.1 billion).

Last year, the BIR narrowly missed its goal by just 0.77 percent. Only P8.2 billion in uncollected revenues separated its actual collections of P1.057 trillion and its assigned target of P1.066 trillion. It was the narrowest gap and the best performance by the BIR since goal-setting started.

Large-scale evasion

More important, the days of large-scale corporate tax evasion seem to be behind the BIR now, especially with the growth in the payments of large corporations approximating the growth rate of the Philippine economy, an indication that companies are, more or less, paying what they should to the government.

“Last year, the nominal growth rate of the gross domestic product was at 8.6 percent,” Henares said. “But our collections grew by over 14 percent. The difference between those numbers is what is attributable to better tax administration.”

Outside the BIR’s Large Taxpayers’ Service (which lumps together corporations that supply 62 percent of the government’s revenues), payments by smaller taxpayers to regional offices are growing by an average of 20 percent annually, a sure sign, according to Henares,  that businessmen are more confident that their taxes will be spent wisely.


But Henares remains unpopular with businessmen, including bankers, company presidents and even the auditing and accounting communities. Several of them who were contacted by the Inquirer declined to speak about her policies on the record, but were nearly unanimous in complaining about her “aggressive” tax policies, often enforced with little consultation with them.

The unpopularity of Henares and the BIR will rise further with the measures currently being readied to improve tax collections. These include cross-checking the BIR’s taxpayer database with the lists held by the Professional Regulatory Commission, the Social Security System and other organizations whose rosters might yield clues to who else are evading taxes.

So far, the BIR’s style seems to be working. In both peso terms and percentage of economic output (the so-called tax effort), 2012 was the best year in the history of the revenue bureau, something Henares does not dwell on.

“There is a marked improvement, but there’s room for more,” she said. “Taxpayers are responding, but not as much as I want them to. It’s not yet at the level that would allow me to say we’re successful.”

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  • nano

    Commisioner K. Henares in no politicians so it doesnt matter if she is unpopular for the businessmen , most important she`s doing her job the best she can . We need more like her in the government .

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      SCRAP CEDULA because it does not go the BIR or the national coffers, according to Henares.

      Tuwang tuwa naman ang mga TAOng ayaw magbayad ng BUWIS. Sino bang may gusto ng TAXES?

      Natuwa ba ang mga TAO noong na implement ang EVAT noong 2005? Ayaw ng tao magbayad ng buwis pero gusto lang makinabang sa benefisyo sa gobyerno. Panay claim naman ang mga PNOY alipores that the economy improved because of PNOY.

      Gawa ba ni PNOY ang EVAT? Gawa ba ni PNOY ang mining LAW?

      • adriel0104

        gunggung ka talaga..punasan mo nga ang laway mo!

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        Ikaw ang gunggong, all the things I have mentioned are facts.
        Scrapping the Cedule came from the mouth of Henares. People were not happy with the EVAT back 2005. And the EVAT and the Mining Law came from GMA’s initiative. Sumasakay lang si PNOY sa existing na. Nothing to brag about.

      • gikiness

        bobo ka pala, bakit ba nagkaroon ng EVAT? noong wala pang EVAT, saan ba napupunta ang kinikita ng gobyerno? Yung utang na di pa nababayaran hanggang ngayon, saan ba at kanino nagsimula yun?

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        ikaw ang bobo dahil ang china na may 3trillion dollar reserves may utang pa rin na 500billion. Even the healthiest economy in the world has debts. Kanino nagsimula, mula pa yan kay Marcos, namana ni Cory na ina ni PNOY.

        nagkaroon ng EVAT sa admin in GLORIA hindi sa admin ni PNOY. Nothing to brag about accomplishment of this administration, PNOY just rided on what is already existing.

      • hinayupaknasexy


      • koolkid_inthehouse

        Gloria implemented EVAT with a crooked plan in mind. Money is running out and where else her corrupt donkeys can dipped their dirty hands?

      • gikiness


      • gikiness


      • gikiness


      • Bisdak_kaayo

        kawawa kaman. Hindi ka ba na sampal sa sinabi ng FITCH?

        As Fitch commented, “Improvements in fiscal management begun under President Arroyo have made general government debt dynamics more resilient to shocks.” Anyone can take a look at the full statement by Fitch, but what it basically states is that the upgrade is because of what Arroyo did.

        Fitch also credited Arroyo for PH’s ratings upgrade
        Philippine Daily Inquirer
        9:28 pm | Monday, April 15th, 2013

        Ayan ang laking sampal sa MUKHA. The Fitch Rating Agency which gave an INVESTMENT GRADE for the Philippines credited GMA.

        The truth really hurts. Ang laking sampal sa mukha. Hindi galing yan sa amin galing iyan sa FITCH RATING mismo.

        Ang yayabang to claim the credits for themselves, hindi na nahiya.

      • gikiness

        bobo, hindi mo naintindihan ang mga nangyari after ng presidential elections. Siyam na taon na nakaupo si Pandak pero hindi kaylan man umabot sa investment grade ang pinas. Naunahan pa ng Indonesia, kasi bobo ka kaya hindi mo malaman kung bakit hindi nagawang gawa ni Pandak yun, corruption ba yun? hay naku bobo ka kasi

      • gikiness

        isa sa mga criteria ng mga credit agencies ay corruption level ng bansa

      • gikiness

        etong sa yo hayup ka

        1. NBN ZTE Scandal
        2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors
        (October 2007)
        3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (HELLO GARCI)
        4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)
        5. JOSE PIDAL Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200
        6. NANI PEREZ Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)
        7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning
        8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532
        9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)
        10. Extra Judicial Killings
        11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)
        12. General GARCIA and Other Military Men
        13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific)
        (P1.3 Billion)
        Report abuse | Reply
        ztefertilizerscam posted on Dec 25, 2011 09:57 AM

        14. Northrail Project($503 Million)
        15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (ZUBIRI, BEDOL)
        16. NAIA-3
        17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)
        18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque
        19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states
        20. EURO GENERAL’S
        22. C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar
        23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’
        Welfare Administration (OWWA).
        24. P780-million LWUA funds-PROSPERO PICHAY
        25. BISHOPS’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift
        26. Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund
        27. Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy
        Report abuse | Reply
        ztefertilizerscam posted on Dec 25, 2011 09:57 AM

        28. P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties
        from 2002 to May this year.
        30. 600, 000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from
        India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to
        Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for
        the rice importation.
        31. DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570, 000,
        70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit
        No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy
        Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown
        32.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of
        two franchise bills
        33. The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in
        advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to
        P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for
        Arroyo’s achievements.
        Report abuse | Reply
        ztefertilizerscam posted on Dec 25, 2011 09:56 AM

        34. The report said the PIA received from the Department
        of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations
        amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488
        million was appropriated for it under the national budget.
        35.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political
        36.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of
        extra judicial killings of militants
        37.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo
        critic, Cory Aquino
        38.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of
        39. Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park
        Chief Justice
        200+ other illegal midnight appointments
        41.- MIKEY ARROYO’s undeclared properties in California
        42.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like
        Ninoy’s murderers
        Report abuse | Reply
        ztefertilizerscam posted on Dec 25, 2011 09:55 AM

        43.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek
        presidential clearance before testifying in Congress
        44.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency
        in 2004
        45.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards
        46.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and
        PCSO tv campaign ads[/b]
        47- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as
        COMELEC chair
        48.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses
        from Australia worth P384 million.
        49.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16
        times, son Mikey 69
        50.PAGCOR spent P1 BILLION on coffee
        51.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
        all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
        A total of $1, 423, 025 was paid to Lionair for the five
        52.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M
        53.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)
        54. Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings
        The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of
        the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    • regd

      Raise of hands, Kim Henares for President 2016!

  • Kristoffer Atienza

    If it’s painful then it only means she’s doing something right. Keep it up, Comm. Henares!

  • Yobhtron

    Mabuhay ka Commissioner Kim Henares at BIR! Ipagpatuloy ang magandang adhikain at nasa likod niyo ang taumbayan.

  • AntiAko

    GMA Network paid 500+ Million in tax.
    ABS CBN paid 100+ Million in tax.

    Hmmmmmm…do i smell tax evasion?

    • regd

      Nope, it means GMA is bigger thab ABS CBN.

      • AntiAko

        Sabihin mo yan sa ABS CBN. Tingnan ko lang kung di umusok tenga ni gabby lopez. Aba, maniniwala ka ba na ang tax na binayad ng studio eh 3x lang ng tax na ibinayad ng isang talent nila (Kris Aquino)?!

      • regd

        Kaya nga GMA’s integrity is much bigger than ABS CBN.

  • jorgii0550

    Good job BIR!

  • ernievictory

    ‘unpopular’ kim henares is popular with the peoples who pay the correct taxes . keep it up kim !

  • http://enria.org/ scconcern

    BIR is plague by majority corrupt tax collector. What i want to see is the publication of BIR employee that is corrupt.
    Better to have a special tax court free from BIR with judges made of academian recommended by CPA association of University, CPA accountant recommended by the Business group, COA CPA representing the goverment and chaired by CPA/justice from SC.

    • Milo Go

      Well I like the idea in concept but we need the courts to decide on that not accountants.

      • http://enria.org/ scconcern

        Read the line, word “judges” and chaired by “justice. Taxation is accountant business. You put lawyers without technical specialization on accounting will only screw up matters.

  • tadasolo

    Well Ms Henares when accountants, businessmen and people are complaining of their taxes it means only and only one thing you are doing your job Ms. Henares and people finally realized they owe taxes.

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    keep up the good work ms. kim…

    talagang unpopular ka sa mga tax evaders – kasi strict ka sa taxation

  • Janch

    ‘But Henares remains unpopular with businessmen, including bankers, company presidents and even the auditing and accounting communities. Several of them who were contacted by the Inquirer declined to speak about her policies on the record, but were nearly unanimous in complaining about her “aggressive” tax policies, often enforced with little consultation with them.’

    Unpopular dahil ayaw nilang magbayad ng tamang buwis. Mga negosyante at kasabwa’t nilang mga accountants gustong manatiling papatay-patay ang mga collection agents ng BIR para tuloy ang ligaya at pagtatago nila ng kita.

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    By publishing this list, ang mga bayan patrollers ay magkakaroon ng idea kung sino sa mga lugar nila ang mga cheaters at pwede nilang isumbong. Kung ang isang negosyante ay nagkakamal ng milyon milyon at wala sa listahan, may milagrong ginawa ang accountant nito. Ang pagbayad ng tamang buwis ay isang pamantayan ng kabutihang loob.

  • Pedro_Gil

    “Henares remains unpopular with businessmen, including bankers, company presidents and even the auditing and accounting communities. Several of them who were contacted by the Inquirer declined to speak about her policies on the record, but were nearly unanimous in complaining about her “aggressive” tax policies, often enforced with little consultation with them”.

    Ms, Henares, could you please provide the complete info on who these businessmen, bankers, company presidents and auditing and accounting companies?.

    We as a people support you against criminals.

    If only BOC Ruffy Biazon be replaced immediately so we bring our trust to BOC.

  • cato_the_younger

    “But Henares remains unpopular with businessmen, including bankers, company presidents and even the auditing and accounting communities. Several of them who were contacted by the Inquirer declined to speak about her policies on the record, but were nearly unanimous in complaining about her “aggressive” tax policies, often enforced with little consultation with them.”
    Why would she consult with them? The richest people in RP have not paid their dues for far too long. If she is unpopular with this tax-evading bunch, she must be doing something right.
    Congratulations Commissioner Henares and more power to you.

    • kangsongdaeguk

      Please use “PH” instead of “RP” from now on.
      Re: ISO 3166-1


  • Jose Guevarra

    I think it’s not good that the tycoons are not ending up as the top taxpayers in our country when they ar undoubtedly the richest. For once, I admire Kris Aquino for being a good example of how her colleagues in show biz should strive to pay their taxes honestly.

  • wvillaro822

    I wonder if Manalo of Iglesia ni Kristo is required to report (just report) his income. would it be higher than any of the listed taxpayer/

    • Pulokoy

      Non-profit organization ang mga church … im sure they are exempted from tax

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Now let’s start sending tax evaders to jail.

  • franciscoyapanalagbate

    For those who are avoiding/evading taxes, the popularity or unpopularity of Ms. Henares is not the point, since paying taxes is not a popularity contest. The point is that everyone of us must pay correct taxes. Taxes are for the common good. Imagine if nobody pays taxes. It’s the only source of income for the government to be able to provide basic needs of the people, including the infrastructures for development. For the ill-intentioned – shut your mouth – and open up your pocket. You have a choice: shame or jail. BIRahin lahat yan. Ms. Henares, a lady Robredo? Might as well. God bless the Philippines.

    • joshmale2004


  • hustlergalore

    wow! i like this! LOL

  • Mukong58

    Ruffy, there’s no need to burn the house to get rid of the mesh in BOC. Best intentions and honesty is not enough to get job done. There must be someone out there of the 100 million pinoys that is up to challenge in at least, improving the performance of BOC to the BIR’s level. Time is up for you. Let the like of Kim go for it in the last 3years of Pinoy’s term. Filipinos deserve better.

  • boybakal

    This BIR is good in collection, it does not give refund.
    Laging pakabig….
    Whereas, in US and Canada, taxpayers are happy to file taxes….lots and lots of refund.

    • gryzyxwoz

      Ako, I understand that the BIR is just trying to do its job. However, dapat naman tama rin yung mga ginagawa nila para fair to all concerned. Napansin mo? Kung late ang pag-bigay ng tax refund, wala naman silang penalty. Dapat magbayad din sila ng interest and penalty if they give you a late refund. There should also be such a thing as tax refund evasion in cases where they don’t give a taxpayer a tax refund.

  • klepto

    Ang galing ng gobyerno natin!!!
    Nag iipon na ng pera ang gobyerno para pagkatapos ng elections meron kaagad silang pera na makawat para pambawi sa gasto nila sa elections lalo na sa gasto pambayad ng boto.

  • Rolly257

    Increasing tax collection without increasing tax itself is something. Good job Kim !!!

  • joshmale2004

    May I suggest to Kim Henares also that BIR should not only concentrate on improving the current tax collection effort but also to check previous years tax liabilities of big companies and individuals who may have evaded filing the correct taxes. if these people and entities were short changing the Government before 2010, that don’t mean they are no longer liable and can not be re assessed on their actual income. Collect whatever needs to be collected even before 2010 taxable years.

  • Kenneth del Rosario

    / While people in the banking industry supposedly isn’t fond of Henares, the millions of Pinoys are, including myself! :D

  • johnlordphilip

    Going against tax evaders is like goings against every rich personality in this country. If commissioner K. Henares is having many enemies, it’s because she is doing her job well. GOOD JOB COMMISSIONER!

  • 1voxPopuli

    dont worry Comm Henares if you are unpopular with businessmen, you are popular with us common Pinoy na withheld agad ang tax. Keep it up!

  • damuhoka

    Good Job! Hopefully whats next on the list for Comm.Henares and the economics team is to push a law to lower income tax rates. By following the logic of progressive HK, SG, Malaysia. Thus encouraging more professionals to settle here and improve collections and overall competencies.

  • speedstream2

    Unpopularity is a badge of honor for a BIR chief. It is an indicator that the head tax collector is on the job, means business and has the spine to go after those on don’t toe the line. We need more people like Commissioner Henares, especially among those who head regulatory government agencies.

  • j1u2a3n

    “…but were nearly unanimous in complaining about her ‘aggressive’ tax policies, often enforced with little consultation with them.” Why does the Commissioner have to consult them? Why don’t they just pay the right taxes?

  • Kiro Nazakato

    How much are taxes being paid by celebrities like Ai-Ai de las Alas, Vice Ganda, Boy Abunda, Richard Gutierez, the Manzanos, yong gf ni Dingdong Dantes?, et. al. If Ms. Yousef of GMA 7 made it to the top taxpayers list, and even was found to have tax deficits that have to be paid, much more should these guys have been included too, if they are paying the right taxes??? Will Commisioner Henares take a look at the tax pax payments of these people pls? Otherwise, baka sabihin selective lang drive nila against tax evasion!!!

  • concern_pinoy_citizen

    Commissioner K. Henares is not popular with businessmen but she’s surely very popular for ordinary citizens like me. It’s time for these businessmen to pay the right taxes because it’s so unfair for ordinary citizens, who paid their taxes 100% accurate. Kudos to Commissioner K. Henares!

  • muddygoose

    Professionalism in public service now!

  • rlo

    because I work abroad. My income here is exempt. But because I still have local income, I still pay direct income tax. That’s aside from my VAT and taxes levied on my business itself. That’s beside the fees for my business in the local government and many many more. It’s not as if my annual net income is multi-million peso. After all taxes and fees are paid. These are actually much more than my profit margin. Then among that upsets me is to find those direct cash grants to the poor etc. That blows. Can I at least tell the government to direct my taxes to something like infrastructure or purchase of military hardware and uniforms. But primarily. I don’t think the government or the BIR thinks about how these taxes affect SME’s like me. They give tax breaks to large companies but to us – we pay premium price.

  • Maldi2

    In fairness, Ms. Henares is doing much better than her counterpart in BOC, Biazon. Kudos for a job well done!

  • kilabot

    magaling nga sa collection,
    gagastusin lang naman para sa condoms at contraceptives;
    at pambigay pork sa kaalyado.
    bokya din.

  • boybakal

    Filing income tax does not mean paying tax.
    Either way, the gov’t should pay the taxpayer if the withholding and other taxable credits are more than what they owe….that is called Refund.

    If withholding tax and other exemptions are less and owes the gov’t….then the taxpayer must pay.
    But never heard that the gov’t or BIR ever pay Refund….
    Shared responsibility between citizen and gov’t.

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    ang daming natutuwa ke kim henares..tskk tsk.. mga tanga..kayo ba gusto nyo magbayad ng buwis? yung mga makakakurakot lang natutuwa jan para mas marami pa silang makurakot. Bakit hindi imbestigahan ni little kim yang si Jinggoy? si Enrile san nila dinala yung Bogus 200m nilang binigay sa mga bogus company? ano naduwag ka?

  • buttones

    No tax collectors were every popular anywhere in the world- never will be, they are not there to win popularity they are there to collect due taxes….and if more dues taxes are being collected then good. Sometimes it’s difficult to pay taxes, I’ve been wanting to pay inheritance tax for five years now and they cannot issue a demand of what I have to pay because they have no records.

  • $43901987

    san na ung mga billionaire sa list ng top tax payers????baka nasa list ng top tax evaders

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jocken-Dano/100002588330624 Jocken Dano

    at least we can see light at the end of the tunnel. . . . God Bless our Land

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    kung kaming mga ordinary tax payers nagbabayad ng tama, dapat lang yung mga billionaires mag bayad din ng tama… gets nyo?

    ibang usapan na yan kung paano nagagamit yung taxes na binabayad namin…

    dapat ang mga tax payers lang ang mga botante, kasi sila naman talaga ang nagpapatakbo ng gobyerno natin dahil sa binabayad namin na tax…

    kayo, ano ang naging kontribusyon nyo sa society?

  • Mark

    She’s one of the brightest spots in the Pnoy administration, let’s support her all the way. She is the type of government official that should govern us, not the Binays, Enriles and Estradas.

    Si Henares ay may bayag upang sugpuin ang talamak na dayaan sa pag bayad ng buwis, ung Baklitang Tsupsi Biazon ay walang bayag upang hulihin ang mga smugglers.

  • droccu

    I’d rather prefer that she’s unpopular with businessmen, bankers, company presidents and auditing and accounting communities. That only means that she’s doing her job right.

  • wilfredo h. villena

    yung mga politiko, nagbabayad ba sila ng buwis?

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    Do you think she’s happy on what she’s doing?She is likened to a ‘dog’ of the Phil. Gov’t.

  • rickysgreyes

    We need someone like Henares in Customs and LTO

  • rickysgreyes

    Henares could look at link between electricity payments and tax paid. A household electricity bill of, say, over thirty K a month means considerable income.

  • im_earth

    pag may napulot kang cash ay consider yan as income at dapat ideclare mo cya.
    according to Henares during BOTTOMLINE interview with BOY A

  • Vincent Puig

    How about getting aggressive with your own office. Lifestyle check all them, definitely 70 percent will fail. Clean first your own backyard, its infested by crocodiles and alligators.

  • boybakal

    Filing income tax return in the US and Canada is the most waited time.
    Everybody is happy…..they will get Refund.
    In the Philippines, the most hated tax time….for sure they will pay taxes.
    It’s a puzzle why no Refund in the Philippines, never heard got one.
    Always pakabig….no symbiotic relationship but parasitic.

  • Guest

    Erap should in the Top 20 kaya lang dinaya niya ang pagbabayad ng buwis.
    As usual Erap is unhonest tax payer.

  • Guest

    Yang offshore account na yan ni JV sa BVI is worth hundreds of millions. di yan naisama sa kanyang SALN last year. Isama m naman.

  • Guest

    Si Jinggoy pwedeng magsubmit ng tamang SALN, ewan ko lang si JV maraming
    offshore accounts yan.

  • teraytaray

    Kudos Comm Henares. Ganon talaga galit ang mga tao pag nababawasan ang raket. Dapat lang magbayad sila ng tamang buwis. Ang mga karaniwang empleyado nga walang lusot because of the witholding tax.

  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:
    GOOD JOB Commissioner Kim Henares !
    Mabuhay ka, at si P-Noy na Pangulo natin !
    Forward Philippines !!!

  • gryzyxwoz

    I hate to be a spoilsport, but we should realize this: They publish a flawed list, then they ask why certain high-income individuals are not included on that list. Haaay naku,. Sorry, pero parang nananadya to stir up public sentiment. They should be careful about doing things like this because it erodes their credibility, particularly with those taxpayers na mga nakakaintindi. I just want to make things clear that I do support the BIR in this effort of theirs, but they should pay more attention to the way they do things. They probably think that instilling fear in the hearts of taxpayers is the right way to increase collections, but they should also think of the people they are possibly driving underground by using mainly a mailed-fist approach.

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