by Eugene Pulga
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), under the leadership of commissioner Caesar R. Dulay, started the year 2017 with the issuance of Revenue Memorandum (RMC) No. 05-2017 enumerating its priority programs to achieve the following principal objectives: (1) Attain collection targets. (2) Improve taxpayer satisfaction. And (3) Protect revenues and recapture public trust.
As a taxpayer, focus is made on the "Improve Taxpayer Satisfaction" objective of the BIR. To address this, BIR is to review and recall, if warranted, revenue issuances which impose unnecessary burden on taxpayers and to adhere with the commitment to ease doing business. With this in mind, we take a look into the various issuances of the BIR in 2017 that eased doing of business and/or unburdened the taxpayer, and have come up with the following, among others