Quezon City, 09 March 2010 – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is mulling the publication of the names of top taxpayers for taxable year 2009 after the April 15, 2010 income tax payment deadline to encourage other taxpayers to follow their example and contribute more to nation-building.Section 71 of the Tax Code in part states that “The Commissioner may, in each year, cause to be prepared and published in any newspaper the lists containing the names and addresses of persons who have filed income tax returns.”

Commissioner of Internal Revenue Joel L. Tan-Torres said that he is planning to publicize the names of top taxpayers for taxable year 2009, both individuals and corporations, for each of the Revenue District Office and Revenue Region of the BIR nationwide.

“We will be posting the names of top taxpayers in our website at www.bir.gov.ph and in national and local newspapers starting this year not only to give due recognition to their contributions but also to serve as examples worthy of emulation by other taxpayers and soon-to-be taxpayers,” he added. (reytdlc)