Manila, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) plans to offer 8,000 slots for college graduates, preferably lawyers and accountants, to increase its personnel from 10,000 to 18,000, BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto Henares said Wednesday.
“Interested individuals may apply at the personnel division in the national office, or at any of the bureau’s 19 regional offices nationwide,” the commissioner said.
“An applicant must be 30 years of age or less, preferably a lawyer or certified public accountants, with no relative in the bureau up to fourth degree of consanguinity,” she stressed while reminding aspirants that oral and written examination will be conducted.
The need for more manpower has something to do with the tax remittance discrepancies.
According to BIR sources, tax leakages involving billions of pesos yearly were partly because of low number of country’s tax collector and examiners, the lowest in number among countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. BIR acknowledges this as the reason why not all taxpayers are covered and tax remittances are not monitored.
“Vietnam has fewer taxpayers compared to the Philippines but has more than 35,000 taxmen,” a source disclosed.
Moreover, Henares stated that “Malacañang and the Department of Finance (DOF) have come up with new structural changes for the agency following the completion of its rationalization plan.”
According to Manila Bulletin, under the organization reforms, names of several divisions and offices in BIR were changed to make it more applicable to their functions. Furthermore, the internal audit division is now called the performance evaluation division and is placed directly under the Office of the Commissioner.
-KATHRYN A. ORBIGOZO
LNU, ABCOM INTERN