BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay (right) with BIR Revenue Region 12 Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr. at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday* ( CPG photo )
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has filed 15 cases for violation of tax laws in the Negros Island Region in the first half of this year and more will be filed as the stepped-up campaign to put an end to corruption and increase revenue collections continues, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said yesterday.
A BIR report furnished the DAILY STAR last night showed that the bureau filed charges against the Register of Deeds of Negros Occidental Romulo Gonzaga and the Register Deeds of Bacolod City BonifacioKho before the Ombudsman.
The BIR report showed that charges were filed against Kho before the Ombudsman yesterday for violation of Republic Act 8424 or the National Internal Revenue Code, for conduct prejudicial to the government service and undue injury to the government through manifest and evident bad faith or inexcusable negligence. No specific details were provided.
Low sugar prices
hurting tax target
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Bureau of Internal Revenue tax collection target for this year is P1.829 trillion, with P11 billion for the Negros Island Region that is faced with minimal growth, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said yesterday.
Dulay, who was in Bacolod City for the inauguration of the BIR document processing division and for a dialog with taxpayers, said there has been a minimal growth in the NIR economy this year, because the sugar industry is not doing well.
BIR Revenue Region 12 Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr. said that while the bureau's tax collection for the first half of the year was higher by 10 percent compared to the same period last year, they have had to look for other sources of revenue, with the slump in sugar prices, to help meet their 2017 target.
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BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Dumaguete City officials are on alert against possible flash floods due to the erratic weather condition and heavy rains, particularly in the nearby mountains of Valencia town.
Jose Chu, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, yesterday said that flooding already occurred in a loop road leading to Barangay Banilad.