PALO, Leyte –The last day of filing of the income tax returns (ITRs) among taxpayers in the region on April 15 had a fiesta atmosphere.
Indeed, the regional office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR Region 14) dubbed the last day of filing of income tax as “BIR Grand Fiestax 2014.”
The name was coined by BIR-8 Director Diosdado Mendoza who said that it was just fitting to celebrate the occasion to show their gratitude to the taxpayers who are fulfilling their duties as citizens of the country.
During the last day of filing of the ITRs, taxpayers were treated to free coffee, cakes, pastries, candies, ice cream, cotton candies, popcorn and even lechon (roasted pig).
Taxpayers were also entertained with local song and dance performances from local artists.
A free legal assistance was likewise offered to the taxpayers who needed legal advice as paramedics were present in case of medical emergencies.
A special line for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and parents who brought their babies with them were offered for their comfort.
Mendoza was glad that despite the bad weather, the last day of filing of taxes proved to be successful as thousands of taxpayers trooped to their offices to file their ITRs.
The BIR director expressed his hope that with the high turn-out of taxpayers, they could reach their tax collection for this year which is about P6.1 billion. (LIZBETH ANN ABELLA)