Biz moguls to help in tax efforts


MANILA — Business moguls pledged support for Government efforts to encourage tax payments and prodded authorities to also go after tax evaders.

Businessmen Ramon Ang, Enrique Razon, Manuel V. Pangilinan and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala all signified their support for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in its tax collection undertakings from corporations and the private sector during the BIR’s 2021 National Tax Campaign Kick-off.

They also proposed the need to expand the tax base.

“The BIR has transformed from a monolithic agency to a digital platform; it has to collect taxes from those who are not paying taxes,” said Razon, chairman of International Container Terminal Services Inc. and Bloomberry Resorts Corp.

Zobel de Ayala pressed on the BIR to continue digitizing operations, saying the pivot to digitization especially during the lockdowns has enabled more entities to pay taxes.

Ang said, San Miguel Corp. would continue paying its taxes 100 percent.

Pangilinan, meanwhile, assured that the PLDT Group would continue to support the BIR in its digitization efforts to help with its overall goal of improving its tax collection efforts.

“We will continue to build our 5G network… We’re doing our best to make 5G devices more affordable. By the end of the year, it will be even more affordable to a greater number of Filipinos,” Pangilinan said.

All four business magnates said they would continue to partner with the Government in nation-building through timely and accurate tax payments.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the BIR’s digital transformation program would be “fully functional and irreversible” to ensure the agency’s much improved services and highly efficient collection performance.

The BIR’s digitalization initiative is a primary thrust of the Duterte administration involving the implementation of a state-of-the-art data management system. The bureau will also apply the “cutting edge in the application of new technologies to achieve the best revenue performance,” Secretary Dominguez said.

The agency’s digital transformation is made possible through a grant from the United States for the BIR’s Information Communication Technology Modernization Strategy and Data Center. (JSM/JuanManila)

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