BIR extends deadline for filing of returns, payment of taxes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 20) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue has extended the deadline for the filing of returns and payment of taxes that fall within the period from Aug. 6 to 20 in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ.

The BIR said the deadline - which also covers the submission of reports and attachments - was extended for 15 days starting Friday as the country deals with rising COVID-19 cases and the threat of the highly contagious Delta variant.

"By providing them with this extension, taxpayers affected by quarantine restrictions need not worry much of complying with their tax obligations while helping the country take precautions to prevent the further spread of the deadly variant," BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said.

During the extended 15-day period, taxpayers have three options to fulfill their tax obligations.

They can pay through the nearest authorized agent banks within their Revenue District Office (RDO) jurisdiction, concerned revenue collection officers of the nearest RDO, or online tax payment facilities.

The BIR said in case the ECQ and/or MECQ will be extended within or after the 15-day period, the deadline will also be expanded from the lifting of such quarantine status.