Give taxpayers more time to file ITR, BIR pressed

A member of Lakas-CMD has joined other Congress members in urging the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to provide grace period for the residents of Metro Manila in filing their income tax returns (ITRs).

Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles is making the appeal following an earlier statement of the BIR that it has no plans to extend the April 15 deadline.

Nograles, a stalwart of Lakas-CMD, said with the worsening coronavirus or COVID-19, the BIR may extend the filing until April 30.

To date, the National Capital Region was placed under community quarantine until April 14.

“The numerous restrictions imposed by the community quarantine are legitimate and valid causes for the grant of a grace period for NCR residents to comply with their obligations to the government such as the extension of the filing of the ITR from April 15 to April 30,” Nograles said.

“For example, in view of the work suspension in the judiciary, the Supreme Court has extended the filing of pleadings to an additional 30 days from the original due date of filing,” he added.

The neophyte solon said this is one way to help the government address the COVID-19 problem.

And for this matter, Nograles said he is writing to the BIR appealing to move the deadline to April 30.

Earlier, the BIR said they have yet to see the need to move the deadline, even as dozens of new cases have been confirmed over the last few days. 

It then encouraged the public to file early and to make use of its online filing and payment system available through its website, so taxpayers can practice social distancing as precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.