#AskTheTaxWhiz: Where can I get information on taxes?
There are a lot of websites, blogs, and social media accounts talking about taxes. Can you recommend possible sources accessible online? We have been victimized by fake and old news shared via social media.
I understand your dilemma as we have experienced the same problem before. First, you can always visit the official website of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), www.bir.gov.ph.
Second, our social enterprise also provides all tax information and updates. You may visit the official website of the Abrea Consulting Group, www.acg.ph, for more information.
Later this year, you will also be able to download the Tax Whiz App to get free access to information. It will officially be launched in September 2017, and the first 1,000 subscribers will get to enjoy the features of the first-ever Tax Whiz App like a tax calendar with alarm and tax calculator, among others.
Our association gave us a copy of your bestselling tax handbook two years ago. How do we get a copy of the latest edition? Are you releasing a new edition soon? Where can we get a copy of the Tax Komiks and Tax Guide which you recently launched with Commissioner Dulay? How can we get in touch with your tax advocacy group?
Thank you for supporting our tax advocacy. Unfortunately, our bestselling handbook is out of stock in all bookstores. You may get a copy directly from us during our nationwide tax roadshow.
We are also releasing the 2017 edition of "Got A Question About Taxes? Ask the Tax Whiz!" featuring 100 tax questions of startups and professionals in June 2017. You may post your tax questions to be included in the new edition via The Philippine Tax Whiz Facebook page.
Regarding the Tax Komiks "VAT Ganun? Bakit Ako May Tax?", it is distributed for free through the Negosyo Centers of the Department of Trade and Industry. We are still raising more funds to print more copies and make it available nationwide but we have started releasing copies.
For the newly released Tax Guide, you may visit www.acg.ph for free access.
If you have any more questions about taxes, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (02) 6227720.
You have been very honest in criticizing the BIR, especially on corruption issues. But in fairness, there are also a lot of improvements and streamlining in our tax compliance requirements since Commissioner Dulay assumed office. Where can we give positive feedback to show our appreciation for all their best efforts in helping us pay our taxes? Also, is there any BIR hotline we can call if we have questions since it's really a challenge to contact BIR offices?
Thank you for your comment. Yes, we have also seen a lot of improvements in our tax administration but we need to remain vigilant in making sure corruption will end under the able leadership of Commissioner Billy Dulay.
He issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) 61-2016 dated October 28, 2016 to implement a standard feedback system. You can actually give both positive and negative feedback about your dealings with BIR personnel.
The BIR maintains a hotline, formerly called the BIR Contact Center. It is now called the Customer Assistance Division (CAD). Taxpayers may directly contact the CAD using the following numbers: 981-7003; 981-7020; 981-7040; 981-7046. You may also contact their Public Information and Education Division Direct Lines for Tax Queries: 981-7250; 981-7251; 981-7252.
Taxpayers may also email their queries and concerns at email@example.com. – Rappler.com
Mon Abrea, popularly known as the Philippine Tax Whiz, is one of the 2016 Outstanding Persons of the World, a Move Awards 2016 Digital Mover, one of the 2015 The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM), an Asia CEO Young Leader of the Year, and founder of the Abrea Consulting Group and Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines (CSR Philippines). He currently serves as Adviser to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue of the Philippine government on tax administration reform in promoting inclusive growth. Follow Mon on Twitter (@askthetaxwhiz) or visit his Facebook page. You may also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.