MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has moved the deadline for filing income tax returns (ITR) to April 17 from April 15, which falls on a Black Saturday.
BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay said filing centers will accommodate taxpayers within the vicinity until 5PM.
Dulay appealed to taxpayers to avoid the last-minute rush and pay taxes correctly.
"I would like to appeal to our taxpayers to pay their taxes, but more especially to pay on time, avoid the rush on April 17- we have established additional filing centers- manned by people ready with electronic filing both in payments and filing of returns," Dulay said.
He stressed that late filing incurs a 20 percent interest per annum penalty and a 25 percent surcharge.
He also reiterated the importance of paying taxes, especially since the administration has massive infrastructure projects to fund.
Dulay is optimistic the BIR will be able to meet its full-year tax collection target of 1.829 trillion pesos.
The BIR plans to hire 3,500 more tax collectors to get closer to its goal of one collector per municipality. Dulay said he it would help if Congress will pass the measure seeking to exempt BIR employees from the salary standardization law.