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BIR moves 142 key officials

Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reshuffled yesterday 142 key field officials nationwide, mostly revenue district officers (RDOs), who are in the forefront of raising P1.2 trillion this year.

It was the biggest personnel movement conducted by Henares since she assumed the BIR post in 2010, as she faces the daunting challenge of meeting the monthly collection goal. Records showed the bureau raised P693.8 billion during the first seven months of the year, P11.6 billion short of the target of P705.7 billion.

Revenue officials said the revamp was long overdue as almost all of the RDOs and assistant RDOs affected in the reorganization have overstayed in their posts. The BIR has 124 district and 19 regional offices throughout the country. The Tax Code limits the stay of field officials, including examiners, to only three years to minimize fraternization or being too friendly with taxpayers, the main source of corruption in the bureau. (Jun Ramirez)