BIR warns vs fake tax clearances
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned the public against fake tax clearance certificates which are being used to extort money from importers and recipients of parcels from abroad.
In an advisory posted in the BIR website, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay cautioned the public against unscrupulous people who are utilizing fake BIR tax credit certificates to scam those who are expecting deliveries from overseas.
Dulay said the modus operandi of these scammers starts by sending emails to prospective victims, informing them that their parcel has already reached a Philippine transit port, and is on hold awaiting the payment of airport taxes.
The email instructs the victims to make the payment only to the said courier so that the parcel can be delivered to their doorstep within the day.
“After the victim has paid the required amount of the alleged airport taxes, the latter will again receive an email accusing him of money laundering and that the alleged ‘Surveillance Department’ of the BIR has placed on hold their consignment pending payment of a certain amount representing 12 percent of the Philippines’ official tax ratio of the total fund detected by the alleged ‘Ultra-sensitive Scan report’,” the advisory read.
A fake BIR tax clearance certificate will then be issued to the victim through email, demanding payment of the said tax.
“All importers and others concerned are hereby informed that the BIR does not issue tax clearance requiring taxpayers to pay 12 percent of the Philippines’ official tax ratio of the total fund detected by the alleged ‘Ultra-sensitive Scan report’,” Dulay said.
The BIR chief also advised the public to verify the authenticity of the tax clearance being issued by the agency. He said any tax clearance not listed or posted in the BIR website are deemed to have originated from an illegal source.