BIR setting up tax school in San Pablo City

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is putting up a tax academy that will train and enhance the knowledge of revenue personnel on audit and collection jobs, it was learned Friday.

Revenue officials said members of the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved the establishment of the academy.

As initially envisioned, the academy will be established at the present BIR regional office in San Pablo City, Laguna and will be transferred eventually to Calamba also in Laguna.

Sources said the school is similar to the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite where future policemen are trained. They said tax schooling will be a prerequisite before an examiner is promoted or transferred to important posts. They added that the school will offer advance and masteral courses on taxation as many of the present examiners are either lawyers or certified public accoutants, or both.

It was gathered that members of the Association Southeast Asian Nations have their own tax academies to
professionalize their revenue investigation and collection services.