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Kaunting konsiderasyon: BIR urged to extend April 15 tax filing deadline

Senator Nancy Binay appealed to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday (April 8) to extend the deadline for filing income tax returns (ITRs) beyond April 15 since Metro Manila has been placed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for two weeks.

Binay expressed dismay at BIR’s refusal to extend the deadline for ITR filing, saying the situation in the so called NCR Plus bubble is no different from last year’s.

The so-called NCR plus first went under a “bubble” setup with limited movement mid-March before going on hard lockdown until at least April 11.

“Ang talo kasi rito iyong mga indibidwal at maliliit na negosyo na limitado ang kapasidad na kumpletuhin ang mga requirements dahil sa lockdown,” Binay said, adding that taxpayers should be given a chance to pay after the restrictions are lifted.

Big businesses also need time to adjust their books as the CREATE law takes effect.

“Hindi naman kasi taumbayan ang may kasalanan kung bakit lumala ang sitwasyon na kinakaharap natin. So why are we passing the buck if they aren’t responsible for the mismanagement of this crisis?” Binay asked.

BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said in a memorandum circular issued on April 6 that the deadline for filing of ITRs will not be extended.

Dulay, however, said the BIR will accept tentative annual ITRs as long as they were filed on or before the deadline.

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