Celso urges Zambo folk to pay right taxes to gov’t PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 February 2011 14:30

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday rallied behind the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in its tax campaign as he called on all Zamboangueños, the Filipinos in general, to pay the right taxes to the government as these will be siphoned for government projects and services.

“Taxation serves many purposes, the first of which is revenue. Taxes paid raise money to spend on government projects and programs which are aimed to help our people,” Mayor Lobregat told a jam-packed convention where BIR regional office launched its tax campaign for 2011.
To illustrate the importance of tax revenues, the city chief executive said that during his first term in office in 2004 there were many projects the city wanted to implement but there was little fund in the city coffers.

“So we devised a strategy to improve our local revenue and worked hard to achieve sound fiscal management. And it worked. Today, Zamboanga City is one of the most stable local government units in the country. The city’s revenues continue to climb steadily from P1.788 billion in 2009 to P1.980 billion in 2010, of which 23% came from local revenue sources,”    Lobregat stressed, adding that the city’s projected budget for 2011 is P2.110 billion.

He said there are two sources of revenues: local taxes and the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the national government, which was taken from the tax collections of the BIR. He explained that the IRA is divided at 60% for the national government and 40% for the local government units—cities, provinces and municipalities.
Of the 40% for LGUs, 23% goes to all cities, 23% goes to all provinces and 34% to all municipalities and 20% to all barangays.

On the other hand, the 23% for all cities will again be divided among all cities in the country at 50% population, 25% land area and 25% equal sharing.

“That is why, it is very important that the people pay the right taxes to the government, because how much taxes are collected by the BIR indicates how much the local government units get from IRA. The more taxes paid to the government, the bigger the IRA share of the LGUs,” the mayor pointed out.

Besides, he added, paying the right taxes is an obligation of all Filipinos.
Also present during the tax campaign kick-off program were Congressman Erbie Fabian, all Revenue District Officers (RDOs) from the different provinces and cities in the Zamboanga Peninsula and BIR-9 officers and staff headed by Atty. Rozil Lozares. — Vic Larato