Incoming BIR Commissioner Lilia Guillermo: “This will make the tax collection system more efficient and less prone to graft and corruption.”
LILIA GUILLERMO — The incoming Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner said that she will pursue an expanded digitized tax collection for transparency and more efficiency.
Guillermo, who is a former BIR Deputy Commissioner and an IT practitioner, said on Friday that she’s committed to strengthening the country’s tax administration via digitalization.
“As a former Deputy Commissioner of the BIR and IT practitioner, I am committed to strengthening tax administration through digitalization,” she said. “This will make the tax collection system more efficient and less prone to graft and corruption.”
According to a report on Manila Bulletin, Guillermo was recruited by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno to the central bank when he was appointed 5th governor of the central bank in 2019.
Guillermo was recognized as “one of the most powerful women in IT in the Philippines” in 2013 and has a “wealth of experience” in the IT field as the managing director of the central bank’s Technology and Digital Innovation Office.
ABS-CBN News reported last June 20 that she’s eyeing lifestyle checks on social media influencers and professionals as the government tried to raise collections amid the country’s debt.
Guillermo also urged professionals and social media influencers to register, issue receipts, and pay proper taxes.
“Marami rin nakikitang citizens ang tataas ng lifestyle nila, yet kung compare mo taxes na binabayaran nila, ma-question mo rin: bakit ang dami mo properties? Display mo pa nga,” Guillermo said.
Aside from this, the incoming BIR commissioner also planned to continue with the lifestyle check among the ranks of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.