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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Inspiring Encounter with ETM

Archangel Michael overcoming Lucifer

One dinner discussions with EMELINO T. MAESTRO (ETM):

Mentee: Why don't we post the DOJ dismissed resolution to a forgery lawsuit filed against you by a BIR official (itago natin s'ya sa pangalang Roda Kabute). Just to show others who don't personally know ETM that he has been experiencing repeated attacks eversince; in line with his passion of helping educate taxpayers.

ETM: Forget about Roda Kabute, just focus ourselves on reaching more taxpayers to help. I am still giving him the respect to preserve his name to the public. Let's just keep our playing field clean.

This is another encounter with my mentor substantiating his moral dignity. He will not engage himself on underhand way just to get even on people who personally wronged him. During seminars, I often hear him encourage taxpayers to pay taxes rightfully due to the government. So, I really wonder why there are some tax authorities threatened by ETM's way. Wherein ETM's objective is to teach taxpayers so they could lawfully comply with their tax obligations. 

Do you have personal encounters with ETM? Feel free to post on tax thoughts below, or share this post to friends 

 "Good must co-exist with evil to have meaning, just as light needs darkness to be seen."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Secrets on BIR Abatement Program Exposed

Avail the Bureau of Internal Revenue's Abatement Program pursuant to Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 9-2010 ONLY AFTER THOROUGHLY READING AND UNDERSTANDING THESE:

1. Since RR 9-2010 is in line with the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program, then the BIR Abatement Program is applicable to ... 

RR 9-2010; Section 1. Background. - The Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program is being implemented by the Department of Finance (DOF) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to investigate and prosecute individuals and/or entities engaged in tax evasion and other criminal violations of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 (Code), as amended. IN LINE WITH THIS PROGRAM, the BIR has adopted the policy to deter, to the greatest possible degree, TAX EVASION PRACTICES and to encourage voluntary compliance with the internal revenue tax laws.

2. What are the guarantees of availing this program aside from the abatement of corresponding surcharges and/or compromise penalties? Look for the answers here:

RR 9-2010; Sec. 3 Limitations. - The filing of original returns/amended returns and payment of deficiency taxes made pursuant to these Regulations presupposes full and accurate disclosure by the taxpayer, and SHALL NOT PRECLUDE THE BIR FROM INVESTIGATING THE CORRECTNESS OF SUCH RETURNS OR SUFFICIENCY OF THE ATTACHMENTS, AND/OR PROSECUTING CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS IN APPROPRIATE CASES UNDER THE CODE, as amended.

How about receiving below form, when the BIR exercise their discretionary power?

3. Most importantly, is this allowed by the law? Republic Act No. 9480 states that:

R.A. No. 9480; Sec. 11. Moratorium on the Grant of Tax Amnesty. - In order to encourage and improve tax compliance by taxpayers, it is hereby declared the policy of this Congress that the grant of tax amnesty, in whatever manner and form, shall not henceforth be allowed: Provided, that THIS MORATORIUM SHALL LIKEWISE APPLY TO ANY ADMINISTRATIVE TAX AMNESTY BY THE BIR.

The confirmation of its legality can be answerable by this, is the BIR Abatement Program pursuant to RR No. 9-2010 approved by the Congress of the Philippines?

The above secrets were thoroughly discussed by veteran tax consultant Mr. Emelino T. Maestro (ETM) last October 5, 2010 at Makati Shangri-la. Paranaque Room A and B were filled by participants composed of business owners, company officers, lawyers, accountants, bookkeepers and other taxpayers practicing the art of self-education.

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."  ~ Lloyd Alexander

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Monday, October 4, 2010

The ETM Story

the ETM story
Afar from the media release of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) says, Mr. Emelino T. Maestro was not giving a lecture on "How to file a complaint against erring BIR Officials before the Office of the Ombudsman" when he was arrested. He was simply the moderator of the said seminar and the keynote speaker was Atty. Jun Alarcon from the Office of the Resident Ombudsman.

ETM, as well as a number of learned taxpayers have been exposed to incidents like this too long that such perjury complaint and subsequent arrest can be easily recognized as no more than mere harassment. If you will notice in several BIR offices today, there is a posting that says:

Attached with it is a clipping of the Philippine Daily Inquirer article based on the sensationalized BIR media release about ETM's arrest.

We believe that this is a direct threat to any taxpayer thinking of invoking their right to complain against government officials. This will not stand according to the Supreme Court that states:

" the strength of democracy lies not in the rights it guarantees but in the courage of the people to invoke them whenever they are ignored or violated. Rights are but weapons on the wall if, like expensive tapestry, all they do is embellish and impress. Rights as weapons must be a promise of protection. They become truly meaningful, and fulfill the role assigned to them in the free society, if they are kept bright and sharp with use by the those who are not afraid to assert them." (Ynot vs.  IAC, 148 SCRA 659)

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