|Assistant Revenue District Office|
chief Charmaine dela Torre
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – The assistant revenue district office (ARDO) chief of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here is still optimistic that the P2.5 billion tax goal given to her office for this year can still be attainable.
“Of course, we are hoping against hope. We are still almost three months before the end of December,” ARDO Charmaine C. dela Torre said.
She explained the collection of RDO-4 in the first semester of this year was laudable.
“Sa first semester we did somehow well in our goal. In the 2nd of June, July, August medyo nag down na ang collection namin ng malaki ,”she explained when asked if the performance of RDO-4 that covers almost all of Central Pangasinan can be likened to the sluggish performance of the tax bureau nationally.
The BIR in general has a deficit of P26 billion on its first semester collection.
The national government give Commissioner Kim Henares P1.26 Trillion tax target this year or 17.59 percent higher than the previous year. The assumption is based on a gross domestic product growth forecast of six percent for the year.
Dela Torre said that despite the lethargic collection in the second semester her office is P200 million higher this year compared to its collection last year.
“Hindi lang namin na met ang goal but we exceeded definitely the last year’s performance, ”she stressed.