BIR RE­PORTS IN­CREASE IN ELEC­TRONIC ITR FIL­ING

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - BUSINESS - —BENDE VERA INQ

The num­ber of tax­pay­ers who filed their in­come tax re­turns through elec­tronic means fur­ther in­creased as the Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue made it a more con­ve­nient way to beat this year’s dead­line.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the coun­try’s big­gest tax-col­lec­tion agency said ITRs filed through the elec­tronic BIR Forms ( eBIRForms) sys­tem rose 22 per­cent to 797,869 on Jan. 1 to April 16 from 655,484 from Jan. 1 to April 17 last year.

The dead­line to file 2017 ITRs was April 16, while the dead­line for 2016 ITRs was April 17, 2017.

From April 1 to 16, ITRs filed via eBIRForms climbed 35 per­cent to 547,545 from 405,574 from April 1 to 17 last year.

The eBIRForms sys­tem al­lows tax­pay­ers as well as ac­cred­ited tax agents to down­load an off­line soft­ware pack­age that they can fill out, then sub­mit to the BIR on­line.

As for the Elec­tronic Fil­ing and Pay­ment Sys­tem (eFPS), the num­ber of ITRs filed jumped 44 per­cent to 144,902 from Jan. 1 to April 16 com­pared with 100,616 from Jan. 1 to April 17, 2017.

From April 1 to 16, eFPS fil­ers in­creased 47 per­cent to 110,884 against 75,127 on April 1 to 17 last year.

“Man­ual fil­ing was mostly con­fined to the re­quired at­tach­ments to the elec­tron­i­cally filed tax re­turns. This is due to the large num­ber of tax­pay­ers who filed their tax re­turns on­line,” the BIR said.

“The fil­ing process is now very con­ve­nient, fast and easy with the var­i­ous e-ser­vices made avail­able by the BIR, es­pe­cially the eFPS and eBIRForms. Nu­mer­ous work sta­tions were de­ployed to cater to elec­tronic fil­ers, not to men­tion the use of at least 120 e-lounges in the rev­enue district of­fices,” it added.

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