MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday said the deadline for the filing of income tax returns (ITR) will remain on April 15, 2020 despite concerns over the increasing number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.
BIR Assistant Commissioner Elenita Quimosing said they have no plans yet of extending the deadline even amid confirmation of dozens new cases in the last few days.
“We are making the campaign now to please file early because as of now, there are no pronouncements of extension so the deadline stays on April 15, 2020,” she said.
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported 16 more coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 49.
With rising COVID-19 cases, the government has implemented social distancing as part of the precautionary measures against the spread of the virus.
The BIR is encouraging taxpayers to file early and to avail of its electronic filing and payment system through its website, www.bir.gov.ph.
Taxpayers who will fail to file their 2019 tax returns on time will be charged with a 25 percent surcharge and a 12 percent interest per annum. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)