Quezon City, 17 March, 2010 – The Bureau of Internal Revenue signed today Memoranda of Agreement with a government institution and two (2) law-enforcement agencies to strengthen and intensify the implementation of its projects and programs and improve tax collection and administration with the assistance of the participating parties.With the re-invigorated RATE Program, the BIR made a pact with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to effectively pursue the investigation, enforcement and prosecution of tax evasion cases to bring about maximum result.

“This can strengthen the existing program to prosecute those businesses that are not paying or declaring correct taxes,” BIR Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said,

By signing the MOA with the Department of Justice, BIR can closely coordinate the filing of charges against erring taxpayers.

“Once these cases are filed with the DOJ and in the courts, there is an imperative need for the expeditious resolution of these tax cases, ” Commissioner Tan-Torres added.

“We are determined to sustain the program and now has undertaken steps for the continuous prosecution of RATE cases,” The BIR Commissioner stressed.

In handling tax cases of the bureau that are appealed before the Courts and other administrative agencies, the BIR inked an agreement with the Office of the Solicitor General to clearly define the responsibilities of both parties for better handling of these cases.

“This signing of the MOA can foster closer coordination between the BIR and the OSG to facilitate the preparation and filing of petitions for review, comments, memoranda, briefs and other pleadings connected with handling of these cases,” Tan-Torres said.

In accordance with the Palace directive to implement the government Quality Management Program, the BIR also entered into an agreement with the Development Academy of the Philippines, to conduct Government-wide Quality Management Program among key officers and employees of the bureau to be adept in handling business registration-related transactions, which the bureau is involved with and to be at par with other countries in government and business efficiency.

The program will also help the bureau achieve its aim of becoming an institution of service excellence manned by people with integrity and professionalism.

The Memoranda of Agreement were signed by Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr, President. in behalf of DAP, Atty, Nestor M. Mantaring, Director in behalf of NBI, Francis Don C. Montenegro, Police Chief Superintendent, in behalf of CIDG, Alberto C. Agra, Solicitor General in behalf of the Office of the Solicitor General , and Joel L. Tan-Torres, Commissioner, in behalf of the BIR.