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BIR: No more extension of income tax filing


The Bureau of International Revenue (BIR) has rejected the plea of many business and professional taxpaying citizens to further extend the deadline of filing their 2019 income tax returns (ITRs) due to the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The current health crisis has stripped most taxpayers' funds in settling tax liabilities, feeding their families and other various expenses that have piled on. Many others also fear getting the disease while waiting in line trying to beat the deadline (June 15). The BIR’s Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 11-2020 published early this month stated that “in case of another quarantine extension, defined extended due dates… shall be allowed further extension of 15 calendar days.” Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa said “The government needs the tax payments now precisely to help protect the health of our people against the disease,”. “There’s still a quarantine. It’s just that we won’t allow an extension,” Guballa said. “The government needs funds,” Guballa added.

He urges taxpayers to apply for the agency's electronic filing system through eBIRForms to avoid the crowds, which can be found here: http://www.bir.gov.ph/

Taxpayers can proceed to the Authorized Agent Banks (AABs) to pay the tax after the online forms have been filled up and acknowledged by the BIR. Electronic payments can also be made using credit or debit cards with selected financial institutions such as the Land Bank of the Philippines, Union Bank, and even the mobile apps Paymaya and Gcash. Taxpayers already enrolled on the electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) can continue to avail of the same procedures to settle their tax debts. Even during this time, we must continue to abide by deadlines set by local government offices.

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