by Allan Yves Briones
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) announced Tuesday Hackatax, a mobile app competition to formulate “innovative” solutions to common taxpaying complaints.
“(Hackatax is) an innovation challenge for members of the IT and software development community – from students to individual or professional developers – to develop frontend applications that will address taxpayer pain points when transacting with the BIR,” the statement read.
According to the BIR, participants should aim to create mobile apps which seek to simplify tax forms, streamline processes and support taxpayers, particularly those who are self-employed who historically have had to accomplish long and complex tax forms.
The revenue bureau will be accepting entries until November 15, 2019.
Shortlisted participants, supported by the bureau, will develop their mobile app prototypes through the end of the year, until the formal pitch on January 2020, in preparation of the filing and paying of income taxes deadline.
Prizes include cash, software provider certifications, admission to incubator programs, and direct app monetization for the best three tax apps.
According to the BIR, Hackatax is part of the bureau’s effort to open up its doors to digitization, aimed at improving ease of doing business, and more convenient, reliable, and transparent taxpayer services.