President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Negrense Jesus Clint Aranas as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in charge of the Legal and Inspection Group, the Palace announced yesterday.
Aranas, who assumed the post on July 1 yet, said their goal is to put an end to corruption in the BIR and to stop the harassment of taxpayers.
Investigation of tax cases have temporarily been stopped until further notice, except those prescribing on or before Oct. 31, 2016, he said.
He said this is being done until a system is set up to spare taxpayers from being harassed.
The harassment of taxpayers impedes economic development, Aranas said.
He said 97 percent of the tax collected by the BIR are voluntarily paid and only 3 percent comes from tax cases, based on 2014 data. So the coffers of government won't be drained with the stop to investigations, Aranas added.
The issuance of Tax Clearance Certificates and Certificates Authorizing Registration of the transfer of real property must also be done in five days, otherwise those responsible for the delay will be held administratively liable, Aranas said.
Aranas is the son of former Negros del Norte Vice Governor Pacifico Aranas of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, and Felomina Ocdinaria Aranas of Escalante City, Negros Occidental.
He was managing partner of Aranas Law, a tax law firm.
Aranas studied at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City,
obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, major in Business Administration, from the Philippine School of Business Administration, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from Silliman University in Dumaguete City.*CPG
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