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Nograles backs deadline extension for income tax filing amid Luzon-wide lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 @ 21:11

By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Rizal Second District Rep. Fidel Nograles has pledged support on the proposal that seeks to extend the April 15 deadline on the filing and payment of income tax returns (ITR) amid the Luzon-wide lockdown due to possible outbreak of COVID-19 virus.

Nograles made the remarks following series of proposals to either extend the deadline, or temporarily waive the consequences of the deadline—which are penalties and surcharges—since people especially in Metro Manila and other cities or provinces in Luzon are having a hard time right now on mobilizing within and outside their respective areas following the suspension public transport operations due to the enhanced community quarantine imposed by Malacañang.

With the month-long Luzon-wide lockdown, Nograles suggested that it is better for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to adjust the deadline on the filing and payment of ITR by 15 days, from April 15 to April 30.

“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,” said Nograles.

Nograles stressed that if the Supreme Court can extend the filing of pleadings to an additional 30 days from the original due date of filing, so thus the BIR on the ITR matter.

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, as well as Sen. Francis Tolentino and House committee of ways and means chair Joey Salceda (Albay) have back the proposal “to aid our overburdened taxpayers who continue to shoulder the brunt of the outbreak’s impact on the market.”

Tolentino cited Section 53 of the National Revenue Code as amended by Republic Act No. 10963 which states that “the (BIR) Commissioner may, in ‘meritorious cases,’ grant a reasonable extension of time for filing returns of income (or final and adjustment returns in case of corporations), subject to the provisions of Section 56 of this Code.”

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