BIR empowers taxpayers with ‘Ease of Paying Taxes’ Law

STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan (PIA) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is on a mission to make tax filing easier for Filipinos.

Over 1,000 taxpayers and practitioners in the Ilocos region attended an information roadshow to learn about Republic Act No. 11976, or the Ease of Paying Taxes (EOPT) Law.

BIR Commissioner Romeo Lumagui Jr. emphasized that the EOPT Law prioritizes taxpayer needs, not raising new taxes.

He said that by its title alone, it will simplify tax payments as the BIR aims to increase the voluntary compliance of each individual and eventually aid in economic development.

“Tax awareness is a crucial element to ensure proper compliance with the law. While many individuals are genuinely willing to comply, they lack the knowledge of how to do so,” Lumagui stated.

The roadshow, held at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, covered various tax topics: classification, registration, invoicing, income and withholding taxes, value-added taxes, refunds, penalties, and publication.

This comprehensive approach ensures taxpayers understand their obligations.

The EOPT Law streamlines tax filing, especially for micro and small businesses.

The “file-and-pay-anywhere” system and online processes make tax compliance more convenient.

“The information roadshow on EOPT conducted by BIR Region 1 was a great opportunity because it helped us, Department of Education (DepEd) bookkeepers, better understand and accomplish our tasks,” expressed May Ann Bautista, administrative assistant at the Payas National High School in Sta. Barbara town.

Lumagui highlighted the BIR’s commitment to digitalization.

“Our goal is for the BIR to become a highly digital organization by 2028. Avail yourselves of digital services. Visit the BIR website ( where you can find the digital services offered,” he urged.

The BIR’s proactive approach extends beyond information sessions.

Lumagui assured that the agency is dedicated to keeping taxpayers informed and visiting them in their regions.

The BIR’s efforts are paying off.

In the Ilocos Region alone, tax collections rose from P7.8 billion in 2023 to P8.9 billion for the first five months of 2024. (JCR/AMB/JCDR/PIA Pangasinan)

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