BIR warns public of scam


Posted at Jan 28 2013 10:25 AM | Updated as of Jan 28 2013 08:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - If you get a phone call from someone purporting to be from the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) Office of the Deputy Commissioner-Operations Group, saying you have a pending tax audit or liabilities, be warned this is a scam. 

The BIR on Monday said it received reports of such a scam, where parties, who claim to represent the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, call up taxpayers to tell them they are facing tax audits or have pending tax liabilities.

"The public is hereby warned of certain parties who make misrepresentations to taxpayers that the latter have pending tax audit/liabilities with this or that BIR office," 

According to the BIR, the modus operandi "consists of informing the intended victim of alleged tax obligations, mostly but not limited to tax on compensation."

The victim is then advised to call numbers like 387-44-16, 703-99-54, 408-39-47, where they purportedly have to settle their accounts. However, the BIR said these numbers do not belong to the agency. 

"If one day you are also a victim, please ask for documentary proof of the BIR assessment or letter and determine the identity of the caller and report the same to the nearest law enforcement office like the police or the NBI," the BIR said. 

One of the intended victims was a taxpayer who personally knows the BIR Deputy Commissioner being namedropped by the scammers. "The victim lost no time in informing the Deputy who disowned such 'calls'," the BIR said. 

Meanwhile, BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 6-2013, advised the taxpayers to hire or engage the services of tax agents or practitioners who are accredited by the BIR.