In line with the continuing thrust of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to improve the delivery of services and dissemination of tax information to its customers, the BIR launched the enhanced BIR Portal today at the BIR National Training Center.
Commissioner of Internal Revenue Kim S. Jacinto-Henares led the launching ceremony which was attended by revenue officials from the BIR National Office and the Metro Manila revenue regional and district offices. Representatives of external stakeholders and users of the BIR Portal also graced the event.
The BIR website/portal is the gateway where the public can conveniently access tax information (revenue issuances, BIR forms, zonal values, etc.) and the Bureau’s various eServices over the internet, anytime and anywhere.
The enhanced BIR Portal offers new services and features not previously available in the old BIR Portal. These new features include: single sign-on functionality to conveniently access BIR eServices; enhanced search facility; and addition of a channel for secure uploading and downloading of files and attachments (Alphalist Data Entry and Validation Module, etc.). Information on International Tax Matters, Lost Accountable Forms and How to Avail eServices were also added.
The BIR Portal can be accessed at www.bir.gov.ph for FREE after a user’s registration has been validated and approved by the BIR. Users of the BIR Portal are classified into “communities,” namely: Taxpayers; Authorized Agent Banks; BIR Contractors; Government Agencies; BIR Officials; BIR Contact Center Employees; BIR Content Managers; and BIR Employees.
By grouping the users into communities with common interests, the BIR Portal can deliver the right information and services to the right users through customized channels directly linked to BIR web resources (eServices, Tax Calendar, BIR Forms, Zonal Values, etc.). By registering under a particular community, users will have access to specific content/services authorized only for registrants under each community.
The single sign-on functionality makes access to BIR eServices easier through the Portal’s user authentication process that enables a user to access multiple applications by entering only one name and password.
Transactions made over the BIR Portal are secure, thereby ensuring security and confidentiality of data and tax information.
UPDATE: After the said launch the site did not materialize due to some technical problems. BIR will advise on its relaunching. Hopefully no hitches this time around.