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#AskTheTaxWhiz: Registering and updating TIN for employees

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:00 PM

No TIN yet? Changing employers? The Philippine Tax Whiz answers questions about TIN for employees.

Third suspect faces charges over Bulgaria taxpayer data hack

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

A 20-year-old cyber-crime specialist, his senior manager, and the owner of the company they work for face cyberterrorism charges from the attack. Thousands of tax agency files are leaked to the press in mid-July due to it.

BIR names Rappler among top withholding agents

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Amid the tax cases against Rappler, the Bureau of Internal Revenue asks the media company to collect more taxes in the government's behalf through withholding

What's the role of the Commission on Audit in protecting taxpayers' money?

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The Commission on Audit ensures that hard-earned taxpayers' money is spent properly. Meticulous auditing has led to exposure of corruption in government.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: VAT or non-VAT taxpayer?

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz explains when to register as a VAT or non-VAT taxpayer, for the self-employed and professionals

[OPINION] How Duterte is wasting our hard-earned taxes

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

To address this, President Duterte must rethink his priorities, go after the corrupt, and zero in on the various bottlenecks that make spending difficult

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Oplan Kandado for non-compliant taxpayers

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the grounds for suspension and closure of businesses due to non-compliance with tax regulations

Duterte gov't wants more large taxpayers in 2017

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:48 AM

This is to help achieve the BIR s tax collection target of P1 152 trillion from the country s largest taxpayers this year

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the commitment board during the Bureau of Internal Revenue-Large Taxpayers Service Tax Campaign Kick Off at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on February 6, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/Presidential Photo

Bills for small business tax reform, taxpayers' rights filed in Senate

Oct 02, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV s Senate Bill No 169 seeks to stimulate growth of small businesses while Senator Juan Edgardo Angara s Senate Bill No 308 aims to protect taxpayers rights

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Tax frustrations voiced online

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:15 PM

The Tax Whiz answers questions from social media users on several issues such as BIR audits and proposed tax reforms

#PugadBaboy: Honest taxpayers

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Meralco is top corporate taxpayer for 2014

Jan 21, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Meralco topped the list of corporate taxpayers for taxable year 2014 with income tax payments of P9 686 billion according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue

NO. 1 CORPORATE TAXPAYER. The Manila Electric Company tops the list of corporate taxpayers for taxable year 2014 with income tax payments of P9.686 billion

BIR aims to collect 21% more taxes in 2016

Jan 18, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The agency targets P2 025 trillion 42 41 billion for the year with around 60 of it from large taxpayers

PH Rebisco's founder is top taxpayer for 2014

Dec 18, 2015 - 6:04 PM

Jacinto Ng Sr s son is 5th among individual taxpayers last year while the Rebisco president is also in the top 10 list

TOP PH TAXPAYER. Asia United Bank (AUB) Chairman Jacinto Ng (L) and AUB President Abraham Co (R) ring the opening bell during the company's IPO listing ceremony at the PSE in Manila on May 17, 2013. Asia United Bank originally priced its initial offer at USD 204 million but was oversubscribed. File Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

South Korea converts monks and priests to taxpayers

Dec 03, 2015 - 10:44 AM

Some 360 000 priests and monks will have their earnings re classified as religious income

TAXED. South Korean priests during their ordination ceremony in Seoul, South Korea on June 26, 2009. File Photo by Lee Ki-Tae.

BIR to reopen online TIN application on August 10

Aug 09, 2015 - 6:00 PM

After being down since July 3 BIR said technical issues encountered in the Electronic Registration eREG System have been resolved

BIR resumes online TIN application on Monday, August 10, 2015

10 ‘most trusted celebrity endorsers’ not top taxpayers

Apr 29, 2015 - 3:33 PM

The Department of Finance says there are only 39 celebrity endorsers on the BIR s list of top 500 individual taxpayers for 2013

MVP’s Smart, Meralco top taxpaying firms in 2013

Mar 11, 2015 - 6:22 PM

The Manuel V Pangilinan led firm dislodges Meralco as top taxpayer with an income tax due amounting to P10 89 billion the BIR reports

In Iloilo, barangay officials go after remiss taxpayers

Sep 22, 2014 - 3:22 PM

To double its real property tax collection Iloilo province gives barangay officials this incentive: the higher a barangay s collection the more funds it gets as share

TAX COLLECTORS. The Iloilo provincial government taps village officials to go after delinquent real property taxpayers and double its collection for the year. Photo from

BIR continues to miss target in April

May 16, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Despite its continued failure to meet its collection goal so far this year the BIR remains confident of hitting its full year target of P1 456 trillion

BIR building

BIR misses March collection target

Apr 15, 2014 - 2:34 PM

BIR collections in March are almost 10 higher year on year but remains below target

Top 100 corporations: Only 39 are on BIR taxpayers list

Mar 20, 2014 - 12:23 AM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue releases its latest Tax Watch ad comparing its top 500 taxpayers list with the SEC s list of top 100 corporations

Mariposa, Anito, Sogo: Which motel paid the most taxes in 2012?

Feb 19, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Guess which motels and hotels paid the biggest taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 2012

BIR: 2014 disclosure of passive income optional

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Taxpayers do not need to disclose their passive income when filing their income tax returns this April

INCOME TAX RETURNS. The BIR announced that disclosure of passive income was optional for 2014's income tax return. AFP PHOTO

BIR: Few lawyers, CPAs in top taxpayers list

Nov 06, 2013 - 6:21 PM

The bureau has been targeting professionals especially the self employed ones in its fight against tax evasion

Are top celebrity endorsers also top taxpayers?

Oct 30, 2013 - 7:01 PM

Find out if the top celebrity endorsers in 2011 made it to the BIR s Top 500 Individual Taxpayers list

Compare: BIR's top taxpayers vs Forbes' richest Filipinos

Oct 23, 2013 - 1:39 PM

Only 25 out of the 40 richest Filipinos in 2012 are among the top 500 individual taxpayers

Mercury Drug owner is top taxpayer in 2012

Oct 14, 2013 - 6:42 PM

Vivian Que whose family owns the Mercury Drug chain unseats actress and TV host Kris Aquino as PH s top taxpayer in 2012

TOP TAXPAYER. Mercury Drug chain president Vivian Que Azcona dislodged actress and TV host Kris Aquino from the BIR list's top spot. Photo courtesy of

Is your favorite Parañaque, Las Piñas resto top taxpayer?

Oct 09, 2013 - 8:11 PM

The recent list is part of the government s name and shame campaign against tax evaders

TOP TAXPAYERS. Max's Restaurant is among restaurants in the city that pay the highest taxes. Photo from Max's Facebook page

#PugadBaboy: Fight Pork with Pork

Aug 31, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Pork and frustrated bounty hunters

#PugadBaboy: Fight Pork with Pork punchline 2

Aug 31, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Pork taxes and frustrated bountry hunters

#PugadBaboy: Fight Pork with Pork punchline 3

Aug 31, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Pork bountry hunters and reward money

Anti-pork barrel protest set on National Heroes Day

Aug 18, 2013 - 11:21 PM

An event aimed at gathering one million anti-pork barrel advocates is gaining steam on social media

Screen grab from the Facebook event page.

DOF: Top taxpayer ranking does not provide immunity

May 02, 2013 - 8:51 AM

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said that firms in the top taxpayers list or top importers list are not exempt from prosecution

NO IMMUNITY. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said that firms in the top taxpayers list are not exempt from prosecution.

Gov't to use top taxpayers list for audits

Apr 16, 2013 - 2:21 PM

Government will use the top taxpayers lists to track large payment discrepancies from one year to the next that might be flagged for an audit

TAX COMPLIANCE. The DOF and BIR will be using the top taxpayers list to determine the necessity of an audit.

Kris Aquino is top PH taxpayer

Apr 15, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Kris is joined by other celebrities like Vic Sotto and Kim Chiu as well as big business names like MVP and Henry Sy in the annual BIR list of top 500 Filipino taxpayers

BIGGEST TAXPAYER. Kris Aquino bags top spot in BIR's annual list of Top 500 Individual Taxpayers

Fiscal cliff act to cut remittances to PH

Jan 05, 2013 - 4:07 PM

The American Taxpayers Relief Act forces Filipinos in the US to pay 33 more in taxes

Who is paying the most taxes?

Feb 29, 2012 - 12:34 PM

Less than 2 000 taxpayers are responsible for more than half of the country s total taxes

BIG TAXES. Henares and Purisima.

Did Mrs Corona skip taxes as family estate administrator?

Jan 26, 2012 - 10:08 AM

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares says Mrs Corona only became a taxpayer in 2003 2 years after she sold a family property in Manila

MRS. CORONA'S TAXES. BIR Commissioner Kim Henares tells the Senate that Cristina Corona only registered as a taxpayer in 2003. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP / Senate Pool