Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BIR Audit Program: Audit/Investigation Of Taxpayers of Mandatory Cases and Priority Taxpayers/Industries

The CIR of the BIR just recently issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 19-2015 of the BIR Audit Program that prescribes the policies, guidelines and procedures to be observed in the audit/investigation of tax returns to enhance taxpayers' voluntary compliance by encouraging the correct payment of internal revenue taxes through the exercise of the enforcement function of the Bureau.
It is stated in the RMC that in general, all taxpayers are considered as possible candidates for audit. To cover such audit/investigation of taxpayers, electronic Letters of Authority (eLAs) shall be issued. The said audit/investigation shall include, but not limited to, the following cases:
1. Mandatory Cases
1.1 Taxpayers with claims for income tax refund or issuance of tax credit certificate (Selection Code: ITR for income tax refund and ITC for tax credit certificate)
1.2 Taxpayers with claims for Value-Added Tax (VAT) refund/credit (Selection Code: VTR for VAT refund and VTC for VAT credit certificate)
1.3 Claims for tax refund/credit of excise tax under Title VI of the Tax Code, as amended, regardless of amount (election Code: ETRS for excise tax refund and ETCS for Excise tax credit certificate)
1.4 Claims for tax refund/credit on erroneously/double payment of taxes regardless of amount (Selection Code: ERTR claims for tax refund and ERTC for claims for tax credit certificate)
1.5 Request for tax clearance of taxpayers due to retirement/cessation of business with gross sales/receipts exceeding P1,000,000.00 or gross assets exceeding P3,000,000.00 (Selection Code: TRC)
1.6 Request for tax clearance of taxpayers undergoing merger/consolidation/split-up/spin-off and other types of corporate reorganizations (Selection Code: TMC)
1.7 Cases with unresolved Letter Notices (LNs) (Selection Code: LNA)
1.8 Estate tax returns with other tax liabilities (Selection Code: EOT)
1.9 Policy cases covered by written directive of the Commissioner (Selection Code: CIR)
2. Priority Taxpayers/Industries - Unless revised through the issuance of a Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO), the tax returns to be audited shall be based on the following criteria.
Please refer the link: of the Priority Taxpayers/Industries, policies & procedures and full text of RMO No. 19-2015

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