BIR chief asks Marcos to be a 'role model' taxpayer

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Philippine President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. answers questions during a press conference at his headquarters in Mandaluyong, Philippines on Monday, June 20, 2022. Marcos expressed fears Monday of a potential food crisis largely due to the war in Ukraine and said he would also serve as agriculture chief when he takes office to brace for possible emergencies. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has been asked by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to be a "role model", in the event that the BIR pursues the estate tax case against the Marcoses.

Speaking to ANC's Headstart, incoming BIR commissioner Lilia Guillermo, formerly a 30-year veteran of the BIR, alluded to the 1997 Supreme Court ruling that the Marcos estate owes P23 billion in taxes.

Guillermo said she has yet to see documents proving that the ruling was final, and hopes to see BIR documents on the Marcos estate on Monday (Jun 27) when outgoing BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay hands them over to her.

"Kung saka-sakali I have to collect or BIR has to collect, sasabihin ko this amount and this amount ay di naman po talaga kayo ang magbabayad, it’s the estate. Pwede ho ba maging role model kayo? (In the event I have to collect or BIR has to collect, I will say this is the amount, which your estate, not you, has to pay for. Can you be a role model?)

She added that she has not discussed the case with Marcos."Walang ganung pagaalinlangan because I met the President himself, ni wala siyang sinabi tungkol doon. (There's no second-guessing because I met the President himself, he did not mention it.)"

Separately, Guillermo is also eyeing digitalization of the agency to improve tax collection, and plans to hire big data scientists to analyze social media statistics and go after influencers who do not pay their taxes.

She noted that 97 per cent of tax collections come from voluntary payments, while just 3 percent comes from investigations. "We will make it easy for taxpayers."

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