Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Effectivity of BIR issuances

Effectivity of BIR issuances
by: Rachelle Ann C. Baod

TAXPAYERS and practitioners alike were recently bombarded by numerous and controversial rules and regulations from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). These issuances cover a wide variety of subjects and affect various types of taxpayers.

Most of these issuances did not even go through public hearing. It is more often the rule, not the exception, that taxpayers are caught unaware of the new requirements imposed upon them.

Not surprisingly, most taxpayers are now confused or ambivalent about how to implement the changes brought about by the new issuances.

On top of implementation and operational issues, taxpayers are also not clear as to when the issuances take effect and the periods covered by the issuances.

For instance, Revenue Regulations No. (RR) 14-2012 provided that the regulations shall take effect 15 days following complete publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.

The effectivity clause, however, of RR No. 12-2012, Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) Nos. 77-2012, 75-2012, 73-2012 and 65-2012 provided that the same shall take effect immediately.

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