Quezon City, 25 March 2010 – Looks like the December 2009 collection performance is a prophesy slowly taking shape as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) posted its third successive month of surplus collection under the leadership of Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres.Preliminary reports as of even date showed that the BIR has collected P50.975B for February 2010 as against its collection goal for the same month of P48.258B. Latest figures show a total excess collection amounting to P2.717B for the BIR in only the second month of the year. The February 2010 figure also exceeded the BIR’s tax take in February 2009 of P47.405B.

The February 2010 performance sustained the BIR’s run of three successive months of surplus collection starting December 2009. The excess in collection for the month of February marked the third straight month that the BIR was able to meet its monthly collection target in as many months under the leadership of Commissioner Tan-Torres.

The first month being December 2009 when the BIR’s tax take was P68.374B, up by P8.345B compared to its collection goal for the same month of P60.029B. The December 2009 collection was higher than the December 2008 collection by P11.359B.

Last January 2010, the BIR collected P64.606B, up by P8.603B as against its goal for the same month of P56.003B. The January 2010 tax take was higher by P9.376B against its actual collection of P55.230B in January 2009.

The three-month string of success 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, sixteen (16) programs, 108 activities, and ten (10) strategies, among others.

According to Commissioner Tan-Torres, the BIR under his helm has started to implement and put into place several tax enhancement measures to meet its collection target for 2010.

The BIR’s priority areas include People Improvement, Process Improvement, and Taxpayer Interaction Improvement. Tan-Torres likewise said the 10 strategies will help boost collection.

He stressed, “These measures, most of which are now underway and include among others a high-visibility public awareness and assistance 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, taxpayer lifestyle check and motivating the BIR workforce, will strengthen our efforts to further improve collection performance this year, with the February performance giving us much optimism that we can meet our collection goal for the first semester.”

With the momentum and efforts of the BIR in its tax collection campaign, there is not much doubt even among critics that the top collecting revenue office is on its way to exceeding its collection target of P157.700B for the first quarter of 2010.

“So far, so good,” added the amiable Commissioner