BIR asked to extend deadline on new receipts


Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares

MANILA, Philippines – Calls mounted on Monday for the Bureau of Internal Revenue to extend the deadline for businesses to comply with its new regulation requiring them to use new receipts, on the ground that they were not given enough time to prepare.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, who chairs the House committee on small and medium enterprises, wrote to BIR chair Kim Henares Monday in an effort to buy more time for businesses, especially the smaller ones who are set to be hit by the new rule.

The new BIR regulation, issued in January, states that businesses should have applied before the BIR for a new authority to print receipts by April 30. The new receipts should be used starting July 1.

Business unable to apply for this authority to print by April 30 would be fined P1,000, and those who would not the issue the new receipts starting July 1 could be fined as much as P50,000.

In his letter, Casiño said businesses, especially the smaller ones, believe that their views were not taken into consideration before the new rule was imposed. The fines are also too heavy on the pocket, he said.

“Our SMEs are lamenting the lack of a public consultation and the hefty fines,” he said.

These enterprises understand the BIR’s desire to clean up unsavory practices by issuing new rules, but they need more time to adjust, he said.

“While they are supportive of efforts and reforms to address the problem of fake receipts, they find the deadline unreasonable. They were allegedly only notified of the new requirements last month and many of them have several receipt booklets unused. Not only will the new receipts result in additional expenses, their old ones will be deemed useless,” he added.

He called on Henares to extend the deadline for meeting the requirements under the new BIR regulations.

“As incumbent chairperson of the Congressional Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development, I appeal to your good office to extend the deadline and give SMEs ample time to adjust and have new receipts made,” Casiño said.

Earlier, Sergio Ortiz-Luis, the president of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, said six months was inadequate for the business community in the country to be prepared for the new regulation. The BIR should have given businesses one to two years before implementing the new regulation.

Many business owners have also complained that the BIR has not taken enough steps to inform them of the new rule.

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  • windstream

    All these troubles could have been mitigated if BIR has ruled to just let business establishments continue use of the old printed receipts until stocks are exhausted then mandate move to the new receipt format thereafter. Also, establish a sunset date of 12 (or 18) months from Jan 2013 so that all affected business owners have ample time to apply for ATP and new receipt format printed.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    itong alanganin ang itsura napakabagsik na hold aper sa mga maliliit na negosyante samantalang napatunayan mismo ng presidente na karamihang miembro ng FCCCI ay walang TIN, ngunit tinatahimikan lang.

  • boboposter

    This is meant to kill off SMEs and reduce competitors of established businesses. Ngiting aso pa si Kim Henares sa mga interview. Parang naghahanap ng dog food at dentastix from PNoy.

    Even the printers of the new receipts are having a hard time coping with demand. It’s proof that it’s BIR who’s lacking in this issue!

  • KarmaGMA

    BIR should give more time to businessmen to exhaust all their old receipts, sayang naman at itatapon lang. maybe october 2013 deadline would be fine.

  • Prangka

    Hindi ko maintindihan paano ang isang accredited printing press ay makakabawas ng tax evader? Kung ako ay isang negosyante, Sure, susunod ako sa BIR. I’ll have my receipt printed in their accredited printing partners. Pero kung talagang gusto kong umiwas magbayad ng tama ay hahanap pa rin ako ng hindi accredited printing press para sa illegal receipts ko. Madali kayang gayahin ang valid receipts. Hindi naman eto parang pera na kailangan mo ng especial paper para mameke ng pera. Ordinary papers lang eto na madaling mabili sa binondo.

    • Prangka


    • Loggnat

      You’re right! An approved receipt format with all the necessary information important to the BIR, business, and customers in triplicate will sufficed regardless of which printing company printed them. What is critically important is that the business/seller uses the receipts and the appropriate sales tax remittance that is due is sent to and received by the BIR. It seems like it is just another bureaucratic red tape that the businesses had to spend time and money plus it is added to make things more difficult to run a business in the Philippines.

    • TotoyKalentong

      Ano sinasabi nito ni Henares para mawala ang mga tauhan ng BIR na involved sa printing business? Eh tuloy pa rin raket ng mga ito eh.

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