MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has no plans to extend its deadline on April 15 for the filing of income tax returns even amid concerns over the rising cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.
Rosario Padilla, Head Revenue Executive Assistant of the BIR Collection Service, said Wednesday they have yet to see the need to move the deadline, even as dozens of new cases have been confirmed over the last few days.
As of Wednesday, the Department of Health reported 49 confirmed cases in the Philippines.
Filipinos are known to wait until the last minute to file their income tax returns, cramming BIR offices - a crowd situation which government has been advising the public to avoid amid the coronavirus spread.
“But of course, kung kinakailangan talaga (if it is really needed), we are not in the position to say that we are or we are not extending. If it’s necessary, then it will be considered,” Padilla said.
The official said the BIR is encouraging the public to file early and to make use of its online filing and payment system available through its website, so taxpayers can practice social distancing as precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.
“That’s at https://www.bir.gov.ph, tapos (then) you go to the forms,” Padilla said. “The e-BIR forms package, the beauty of it is you can download it, work on it at your convenience and then later go back to upload it.”
“Hindi na rin natin kailangan na pumunta at makipila sa mga bangko (We don't need to go to offices and banks, you can actually) pay your tax dues using different payment channels which are available online. We have now partnered with Paymaya, GCash, LBP linkbiz with the ATM and debit cards,” she added.
Those who fail to file their taxes before the deadline will need to pay a 25-percent surcharge, on top of the 12 percent annual interest, she said.
Meanwhile, the deadline for tax amnesty on delinquencies is on April 23, 2020, said BIR Assistant Commissioner Elenita Quimosing.