The BIR’s priority areas include People Improvement, Process Improvement, and Taxpayer Interaction Improvement.

Quezon City, 20 January 2010 – Based on the latest available collection figures, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has doubled its collection surplus for December 2009.

Preliminary report as of January 18 this year showed that the BIR had collected P63.35B for the said month as compared to its collection goal for the same month of P60.03B. The excess collection of P3.32B is more than double the excess collection first reported on January 5 of this year.

The performance was hailed as remarkable since the feat was achieved in only the first month of the term of Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres as head of the tax agency. The excess in collection for the said month marked only the second time during 2009 that the BIR was able to meet its monthly collection target. The first time was in June 2009 when the BIR’s tax take was P60.4B, up by 11. 7% compared to its collection goal for the same month of  P54.09B.

The December performance was attributed to the implementation of the BIR’s Strategic Map introduced by Commissioner Tan-Torres upon his assumption of office.  The Strategy Map includes three (3) priority areas, and ten (10) strategies, among others.

According to Commissioner Tan-Torres, the BIR under his helm is more than ready to implement several tax enhancement measures this year to meet its collection target for 2010. The BIR’s priority areas include People Improvement, Process Improvement, and Taxpayer Interaction Improvement.

He likewise said 10 strategies will provide valuable help to boost collection. He added, “These measures, which include among others a high-visibility public awareness campaign on the enforcement and service BIR programs, integrated approach in administering the large taxpayers, re-invigorating the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program, enhanced and strategic enforcement approaches, focus on big-ticket items, more vigorous third party matching campaign, expanded linkage with key institutions, effective partnership with taxpayers and tax practitioners, close monitoring of tax eroding measures and investment incentives programs, and motivating the BIR workforce, will definitely strengthen our efforts to further improve collection performance, with the December remarkable showing serving as a morale-booster for an auspicious start.”