St. Matthew and Tax Collectors

Today, Sept. 21, we commemorate the feast of St. Matthew, the Tax Collector. He was an Apostle and Evangelist, called by Our Lord Jesus. He is known to be the author of the first Gospel.

Let us, on this day see the significant meaning of St. Matthews calling, even if he was considered a sinner, publican and traitor to the Jews.

We try to be like St. Matthew who ” left all his worldly possessions ” to follow The Lord .

The Bureau of Internal Revenue reported a 22.07 percent hike in tax collections in August to P118.1 billion , but this was still not enough to meet its target for the month.

The increase in tax collections,  was due to sustained economic growth in the first half which translated to higher earnings of corporations and individuals as well as the BIR’s intensified campaign against tax evaders.

PROFESSIONALS will soon be required to publish their rates under a continuing government anti-tax evasion campaign, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief said.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares and St. Matthew the tax collector

St. Matthew the tax collector and BIR Commissioner Kim Henares

“We’re going to come out with an RMC (Revenue Memorandum Circular) soon, in which we will require all professionals to post their rates,” BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares told reporters yesterday

Today is the feast day of St. Matthew and we would like to reflect on two lessons in life. In Matthew 22:15-22 it quoted “ But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

And in Matthew 17:24-27, it quoted “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

It is an obligation to pay taxes , because the government cannot run without funds to sustain itself.  Jesus Himself did not oppose giving taxes that was due to Pilate. However, Jesus said straight forward “to give what is due to God” .

But why is the BIR reporting that  they posted a 22% hike in tax collections, and  yet , claim that it is not enough to meet the target? Now, they are requiring  professionals to post their fees and rates .

The BIRs style of persecution is similar to the times of King John of England who was famous for collecting excessive taxes. The Government , unfortunately, is not transparent to where the collected taxes are distributed. And, it is sad ,  for us citizens feeling robbed of hard earned money because of the PDAF Scandal.

In A News published by the BIR Media Release, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, filed a criminal case against an Appraisal company as ff:

BIR nets consulting firm for tax evasion

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against E-VALUE PHILIPPINES, INC. (E-VALUE), together with its responsible corporate officers President JESUS N. NUQUI and Treasurer MARK N. PINGUL, for willful failure to file its corporate income tax return for taxable years 2009, 2010 and 2011 and to pay the corresponding taxes due thereon provided for under Sections 27, 75, 76 and 77, in violation of Sections 254 and 255, of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code).

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