Philippines’ BIR targets to roll out e-tax filing nationwide before 2017 ends

Absence of internet connection in some areas in the Philippines hinders nationwide implementation of the system.

By Adrian M. Reodique
July 10, 2017

BIR e-tax filing

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) aims to roll out electronic tax filing and other computerised data processes nationwide before 2017 ends, according to a report by Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The electronic tax filing was piloted in Makati City together with Large Taxpayer Service (LTS), a programme that monitors tax payments of big companies, BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations Nestor Valeroso told Senators last Thursday (6 July 2017).

The BIR started testing the systems in 2015, but has yet to complete it. Valeroso cited the absence of internet connection in some areas as one of the challenges for nationwide implementation of the systems.

BIR also wanted to perfect the systems before extending it to other regions. "There are several programmes that we want to implement but we want to make it certain that when we cascade this to the different regions they will not have problems with this," Valeroso explained.

In April, BIR said they have allotted more bandwidth for electronic tax filing and streamlined its electronic forms to speed up online transactions. The move has helped cut tax filing time to only 15 minutes, compared to 30 minutes previously.

"[The form's] functionality was streamlined. Previously, the time to fill up the form was longer, but now it's much faster. The bandwidth was expanded so that the transmission would be faster," said BIR Spokesperson Marissa O. Cabreros, in a report by Business World.

Meanwhile, Valeroso told PNA that the pilot testing of the systems does not only focus on tax filing but also on electronic tax information and audit case monitoring.