BIR was able to collect P61.55 Billion for the month of December 2009, up by P1.52 Billion as against its collection target of P60.03, based on the latest collection figures.

Quezon City, 06 January, 2010 – In one of its rare moments of meeting its assigned goals, The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reported yesterday, that the BIR was able to collect P61.55 Billion for the month of December 2009, up by P1.52 Billion as against its collection target of P60.03, based on the latest collection figures.

This was only the second time during the said year that the BIR exceeded its monthly collection target and this  feat was achieved in only the first month of the term of Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres as head of the agency.

According to Commissioner Tan-Torres, “The BIR is now ready to implement several tax enhancement measures to meet the P830 billion target for Calendar Year 2010. These measures include , among others, the invigorated Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program, the integrated approach in administering the country’s large taxpayers, high-visibility public awareness programs on taxpayer service and enforcement campaigns, close monitoring of recently enacted tax eroding measures and several investment incentives programs, conduct of vigorous tax campaigns, and focus in the collection of big-ticket items.”

The BIR Commissioner  is optimistic that with the tax enhancement measures and the morale-boosting collection performance ending the year 2009, the BIR with confidence  will meet its collection target for the year 2010.