April 23, 2018, 8:02 am
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GOCC body to review tax academy’s structure

The Governance Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations (GCG) will review the organizational and staff structure of the proposed Philippine Tax Academy (PTA), the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

The PTA is eyed to serve as a training institution to provide revenue officials and staff continuing professional education on improving tax collection competence, efficiency and integrity.  

Gil Beltran, finance undersecretary, reported during a recent DOF Executive Committee meeting that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) decided the tax academy must be a GCG-covered entity per Republic Act 10143.

RA 10143, which was signed into law almost seven years ago during the 14th Congress, empowers the DOF to set up a tax academy to provide continuous training and education to personnel of the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR), of Customs (BOC) and of Local Government Finance (BLGF). 

Beltran told Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III the DBM has also decided that the initial funding for the country’s first tax academy would be sourced from the government’s support to GOCCs through the annual budget or the General Appropriations Act.

The DOF, through its Legal Group, has been reviewing the implementing rules and regulations of the tax academy, Beltran said.

Last October, the DOF said it was eyeing a grant from the United States government for the establishment of the PTA.

Dominguez pitched the project in a recent meeting in Washington DC with David Malpass, the US Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. 

He told Malpass the PTA, which the DOF plans to set up in January, would be a long-term initiative of the agency to further professionalize the BIR and BOC.

Dominguez said the planned tax academy would not involve any construction of new buildings but would focus on training revenue and customs officers to improve their efficiency and competencies in tax matters. 

He said establishing the tax academy would help initiate a “culture change” within the BIR and BOC.
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