Lawyers and doctors wary of BIR plan requiring them to post their professional rates, says it makes them look like "restaurants"

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer's Delfin Mallari and Philip Tubeza report that the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) have both expressed their reservations about a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) plan requiring doctors and other professionals to prominently display their fees in their offices, saying this will make their rooms "look like restaurants with menus outside."


According to the report, the IBP sees the BIR proposal as a form of self-promotion that is "not allowed under the organization's rules and by laws" while the PMA wants to discuss the plan first with the bureau to iron out the details for its enforcement. IBP national president Vicente Joyas was quoted in the article as saying that the group will contest the legality of the BIR plan should the bureau decide to push for its implementation.


On September 3, "BIR Commissioner Kim Henares announced that the bureau was preparing a memorandum circular requiring doctors, lawyers and other professionals to prominently post their rates in their clinics or offices" with the aim of promoting transparency and minimizing the possibility of tax evasion among self-employed individuals. The BIR chief has described the sector in earlier reports as being "notorious" for evading taxes.


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