BIR Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said “This initiative will also benefit our taxpayers, since they will be interacting with a more competent work force, once our frontline examiners are able to enhance their skills and update their tax knowledge as they prepare for the Examination.”

Quezon City, 19 January 2010 – In pursuit of continuing efficiency in the conduct of audit investigations, and in support of its Professionalization and Career Development Program, the Bureau of Internal Revenue will conduct a Written Comprehensive Examination (WCE) for all Revenue Officers belonging to its Assessment Group, as well as the Bureau’s Intelligence Officers and Special Investigators.

The WCE, which shall be held on January 24, 2010 at New Era University and two other venues in the Visayas and Mindanao, shall serve as a means through which the Bureau can further improve its training and skills enhancement programs, as well as determine the most effective assignments for its audit personnel.

Mandated under Revenue Memorandum Order No. 29-2009, the WCE shall be held nationwide simultaneously in three (3) venues: Quezon City, Cebu City and Davao City. More than 2,500 examinees are expected to take the WCE; at least four-fifths of these examinees, or close to 2,000 revenue personnel, are from the Metro Manila and Luzon Regions.

The WCE shall cover the various aspects of the BIR’s functions of collection and enforcement. A special section on basic management skills shall be administered for revenue officers who serve as Group Supervisors or Chiefs of the Revenue District Assessment Sections.

BIR Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said “This initiative will also benefit our taxpayers, since they will be interacting with a more competent work force, once our frontline examiners are able to enhance their skills and update their tax knowledge as they prepare for the Examination.”

Examinees who pass the WCE shall be given corresponding recognition for purposes of promotion and their ratings considered in determining future assignments. Those who fail shall undergo further training.