Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said, “Once our taxpayers feel and realize that we are sincere both in helping them comply with their tax obligations through the different activities we undertake and in enforcing faithfully the provisions of the Tax Code, we will then be assured of greater taxpayer participation and thus, better compliance in terms of prompt filing of returns and payment of correct taxes.”

Quezon City, 19 January, 2010 – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today formally launched its Public Assistance and Awareness Campaign (PAAC) for the Calendar Year 2010 with the issuance of Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 4-2010. The revenue issuance prescribes strategies and activities meant to ensure greater participation by taxpayers and ensuring higher voluntary compliance with tax obligations.

Commissioner of Internal Revenue Joel L. Tan-Torres said that he signed the RMO to implement a year-round assistance and awareness campaign that shall be highly visible and directed towards attaining maximum coverage. The thrust of the PAAC he further said shall include the “Making the Public Know” prescribed in RMO No. 3-2010.

RMO 4-2010 prescribes, among others, activities such as preparation, procurement and dissemination of the necessary information materials and content for the activities in the PAAC; coordination with the publishers of national or local newspapers/publications for allotment of space in their publication for a regular BIR tax column and an income tax deadline countdown; regular interviews and appearances of BIR Officials in radio and television programs; and special events including, but not limited to, the launching of the 2010 Income Tax Filing Campaign; the 2010 Handang Maglingkod Project; Photo Competition on PAAC activities during the income tax filing period; Tax Compliance Issues Compilation and Dissemination; Revenue District Office e-Lounge establishment; launching of e-Complaint and Taxpayer Satisfaction Survey System; Memorandum of Agreement signing with various organizations; Top Taxpayers Awards; distribution of Newsletters to taxpayers; creation of pool of BIR Speakers; use of electronic billboards for tax information; lectures to graduating students; and holding of photo exhibits and audio-visual presentations in the lobby area of BIR offices.

Other activities such as the conduct of briefing/symposia, establishment of tax filing centers/clinics, coordination with LGUs, other government agencies, civic and the private organizations, distribution of tax returns, distribution and/or display of information materials such as streamers, posters, stickers, primers, mailers, leaflets and tax returns, and coordination with BIR Authorized Agent Banks for the acceptance of tax returns and payment of taxes due thereon are reiterated and emphasized in the issuance as part of year-to-year tax campaign activities.

Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said, “Once our taxpayers feel and realize that we are sincere both in helping them comply with their tax obligations through the different activities we undertake and in enforcing faithfully the provisions of the Tax Code, we will then be assured of greater taxpayer participation and thus, better compliance in terms of prompt filing of returns and payment of correct taxes.”