BIR allows flexibility for tax payment; SSS urges public to go online

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    The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has allowed taxpayers to pay their taxes and file their tax returns “anywhere,” to help ease the burden amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The Department of Finance (DOF) said in a statement filing of tax returns and  payment of taxes falling within the period of March 22 to April 30 this year may be done even outside the jurisdiction of the Revenue District Office where the taxpayer is registered.

    In Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 41-2021 signed by BIR commissioner Caesar Dulay, the BIR said this flexibility given to taxpayers aims to provide them relief “in relation to the current surge in COVID-19 cases that is affecting the entire country which has prompted establishments to operate at half their manpower capacity.”

    “This will make it easier for taxpayers to do their civic duty of paying their taxes and helping the government generate more funds for COVID-19 response and other priority programs amid the fresh surge in coronavirus infections,” said Carlos Dominguez, DOF secretary.

    The BIR also encouraged taxpayers to file their tax returns electronically through the eBIR Forms Facility and pay their taxes through the bureau’s authorized digital payment channels.

    Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Social Security System (SSS) is advising the public to use the online services and drop box system in transacting with its offices and branches located in areas declared under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 to April 4, 2021.

    Covered by the directive are its main office in Quezon City and all branches in the National Capital Region, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.

    The SSS urges the transacting public to use its online service channels such as the My.SSS Portal of the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph, SSS Mobile App, and Text-SSS at 2600.

    In line with the 6 PM to 5 AM curfew enforced during the ECQ period, SSS branches in the said areas will be open from 9 AM to 2:30 PM to accept transactions through its no-contact drop box system only. These are for transactions that are not available online.

    Moreover, in observance of the Lenten Season, SSS branches nationwide will also be closed on Maundy Thursday (April 1) and Good Friday (April 2).

    These measures aim to minimize the risk of exposure of the transacting public and its employees to the COVID-19, the pension fund said.

    The SSS assures its stakeholders that it implements alternative work arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of its services.