The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) upgraded their current 4Mbps to a massive 8Mbps from Bell Telecommunication Philippines Inc. (BellTel) - the pioneer in fixed wireless broadband technology.
This will support BIRís transformation to be an agency that is taxpayer-focused. This is being undertaken through implementation of change initiatives that are directed to: 1) reform the tax system to make it simpler and suit the Philippine culture; 2) reengineer the tax processes to make them simpler, more efficient and transparent; 3) restructure the BIR to give it financial and administrative flexibility; and 4) redesign the human resource policies, systems and procedures to transform the workforce to be more responsive to taxpayers' needs.
Measures to enhance the Bureau's revenue-generating capability are also being implemented. Foremost of these measures are the implementation of the Voluntary Assessment Program and Compromise Settlement Program and expansion of coverage/scope of the creditable withholding tax system. A technology-based system that promotes the paperless filing of tax returns and payment of taxes was also adopted through the Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS).
To enhance the collection performance of the Bureau, three basic strategies were initially adopted, and these are: 1) intensify the use of new systems (e.g. the Reconciliation of Listings for Enforcement or RELIEF System); 2) enhance the security of tax payments through the use of electronic broadcasting system and expansion of implementation of the eFPS; and 3) tap non-traditional sources of revenues for additional collection.