JUNE 13, 2013

NR # 3133

Solon: BIR should first thoroughly publicize directive on new receipts issuance prior to implementation
A House member today called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to amply publicize first its new directive requiring all businesses in the country to issue new set of receipts starting July 1 instead of hastily implementing the regulation. Reelected Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao (4th District, Isabela), a Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means during the 15th Congress, said the BIR should properly and adequately inform all businessmen concerned about the new directive embodied in Revenue Regulation 18-2012 instead of abruptly implementing it to the detriment of the country’s entrepreneurs. “I think it’s reasonable that sufficient notice be given to businessmen about the new BIR ruling. More so, since the penalty is stiff. The BIR should amply publicize its ruling first prior to a vigorous implementation. That is sensible as well,” Aggabao said. The lawmaker said the BIR should also heed the position of businessmen who complained about the short notice of BIR in complying with RR 18-2012. Aggabao said it was lamentable that businessmen have requested the BIR for more compliance time but the agency’s officials reportedly were not understanding enough. Earlier, Sergio Ortiz-Luis, president of the Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport) and an officer of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), said they asked the BIR for more time, but the agency’s officials did not heed their plea. Ortiz-Luis explained six months were not enough for the BIR to prepare the entire business community in the country for the adoption of a new directive. He said a reasonable period would be one to two years before implementing a regulation that requires all businesses in the country to apply for an authority to print (ATP) and to issue new sets of receipts to replace the old ones. Revenue Regulation 18-2012 was signed by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisma last October 22, 2012 upon the recommendation of BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares. It was published last January and requires all businesses operating in the country to apply for new ATP receipts with the BIR not later than April 30 and should issue and use the new set of Official Receipts (ORs), Sales Invoices (SIs) and other Commercial Invoices (CIs) starting July 1. Businesses are likewise required to transact only with a new list of BIR-accredited printing companies. Those who failed to apply for an ATP last April 30 faced a penalty of P1,000, while those who will fail to issue new receipts starting July 1 shall pay a fine of as high as P50,000.(30) rbb

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