Tax advocate seeks to lead by example
“You lead with direction, you lead by example.”
This quote from professional racing entrepreneur Roger Penske could not be more relevant in a country that reeks of crime and corruption, where the goal is always to create a ripple effect from a few people committed to change.
The Philippine Tax Whiz Mon Abrea seeks to do just that, as he filed his income tax return (ITR) on Valentine’s Day, expressing his love for the country by paying taxes early and correctly.
Thankfully, a roster of businesses and organizations have committed themselves to helping the tax administration boost their collection in a just manner, and to promoting a simpler, fairer and more efficient tax system.
In this regard, CSR Philippines presented the Seal of Honesty (SOH) Certification Program to help both taxpayers and the tax administration in improving voluntary compliance without compromises.
We urge everyone, small or large taxpayers, to support the ongoing tax reform in our country and to do our share by paying the right taxes. We firmly believe that a genuine tax reform is possible if each of us will commit to uphold honesty and integrity in paying taxes—one taxpayer at a time.
However, this is just as small step from one man to achieve his advocacy of overhauling the corrupt tax system. A lot of business are still immersed in bribery, or are harassed to submission by BIR examiners.