THE BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE will reshuffle members of its staff in district offices across the country to improve collection in 2010 as the government continues its deficit spending.
Revenue Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said in an interview that the agency would undertake lateral transfer of revenue district officers and assistant RDOs this month.
Tan-Torres said a first batch of 57 revenue officers, mostly assigned in Metro Manila, were ?relieved of their present duties and directed to report to their new assignments.?
He said officials of the same rank with the same duties would be transferred to a new geographic area of responsibility.
?There is another batch numbering more than 50 that will be moved,? Tan-Torres said. ?This will include officers outside Metro Manila.?
Also, RDOs have been delegated to ?move people around,? affecting the rank of Revenue Officer 3 and below, Tan-Torres said.
The bureau chief added that the BIR hoped to address shortfalls in collection target starting in January after a year of earnings that were decidedly lower than target and actual yields of the previous years.
Finance officials reported last week that government earnings from January to November totaled P1.02 trillion, or 5.5 percent lower than earnings in the same period last year.
Of the total, the BIR accounted for P713.1 billion, also 5.5 percent lower than collections in 2008.
Tan-Torres said there was a consensus among economic managers to reduce the BIR target for 2010, from P875 billion to between P800 billion and P850 billion.