By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – The top man of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the country wanted salary of newly hired Certified Public Accountants in the tax agency hike by exempting them from the government’s salary standardization law (SSL).
Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay lamented that the salary of a new examiner at the agency starts between twenty thousand pesos to twenty five thousand pesos a month.
“At the Security Exchange Commission and the Insurance Commission the pay entry of the new accountant there is between thirty five thousand pesos to forty thousand pesos a month,” he explained to the hundreds of people and BIR officials in Region -1 who attended recently here the 2017 Regional Tax Campaign Kick-Off of the BIR.
Dulay exhorted the participants to write and talk with their congressmen to hammer a law that would exempt these junior level officials from the SSL.
“BIR contributes revenues to government. Talk with your congressmen (to pass a law exempting examiners from SSL) so we can achieve our (tax collection) goal or beyond our goal to build infrastractures,” Dulay stressed.
He cited that the BIR will be collecting 1.83 trillion pesos as its tax goal this year.
“With improved collection, the Duterte Administration can introduce and implement more programs,” the commissioner who is a lawyer urged BIR officials led by BIR Region 1 Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Teresita Dizon and OIC Assistant Regional Director Fely Simon.
Dizon was optimistic that the four provinces regional office can help collect the P1.83 trillion.
The regional office based in Calasiao, Pangasinan will be collecting P15.6 billion taxes this year.