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DOF halts creation of properties, multi-level marketing, e-sabong, POGO audit task forces

The Department of Finance (DOF) on Saturday said it had ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the creation of special audit task forces to avoid confusion and duplication of functions.

In a statement, the DOF said that through a memorandum issued by BIR officer-in-charge (OIC) Deputy Commissioner Marissa Cabreros, the Revenue Special Orders (RSOs) creating the special audit task forces on real estate developers and direct selling/multi-level marketing, and the operations memoranda (OMs) creating task forces for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and electronic sabong (e-Sabong) “were suspended immediately on Friday (May 20) until further notice.”

“The functions and responsibilities of the different units in the BIR are provided in revenue administrative orders (RAOs) issued by the Secretary of Finance, upon the recommendation of the Commissioner,” said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

“The issuance of the RSOs and OMs has distorted this and even caused uncertainty for some taxpayers,” added Dominguez.

The Finance Department reiterated in the directive to the BIR that “all existing audits and investigations under the RSOs and OMs shall be handled by the revenue district offices or unit/s in the BIR where the concerned taxpayers are registered.”

“We are working with the BIR to review these issuances and ensure these do not create redundancies and cause taxpayer confusion,” said Dominguez.

“If found to be in violation of our RAOs, these issuances should ultimately be revoked by the BIR,” noted the Finance chief.

Relative to the said order, the DOF said all field audit and other field operations under the task forces authorized to conduct examinations and verifications of taxpayers’ books of account, records and other transactions were also ordered suspended.

“As such, no field audit, field operations or any form of business visitation in execution of any letter of authority/audit notices, letter notices or mission orders should be conducted by the task forces,” the DOF said. — DVM, GMA News