THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has lined up priority programs and projects for next year which include a digital transformation program and its plan to develop a system for processing and storing electronic receipts and invoices.

For next year, the BIR plans to develop a system for real-time processing of e-invoices or e-receipts as well as an electronic platform for sales reporting where electronic invoices and receipts may be stored, according to its revenue memorandum Circular No. 123-2019.

“It (e-sales reporting system) will also generate reports on VAT (value-added tax) information of taxpayers for the processing of VAT refund applications under the enhanced VAT refund system of the BIR and for third-party matching on tax audits or assessments,” the circular read.

As part of digital transformation, the bureau will study the proposal to form its own data analytics unit next year.

“The priority programs… are undertakings that will significantly contribute not only to the attainment of the bureau’s revenue targets, but also to the implementation of the National Government’s new policy direction, particular with regard to the ease of doing business and data privacy,” BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay said in the circular.

In compliance with Republic Act No. 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, BIR said it will simplify application forms and reduce the number of required documents in its frontline services, minimize processing time and limit the number of signatories to three, among others.

At the same time, it will continue its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program and the Oplan Kandado program to improve tax compliance “through an intensified enforcement action involving the closure of business establishments.”

The RATE program will enhance voluntary compliance by taxpayers as well as boost the public’s confidence in the tax system, it said.

For 2020, the BIR’s priority program list also includes a public awareness program, intensified audit and investigation of taxpayer’s compliance, as well as further broadening of the tax base.

It also said that it will prioritize upgrading of its national office building with modern facilities and infrastructure as well as aim for a 100% utilization rate of its budget. — B. M. Laforga