Doctors up in arms over BIR ad hinting they are not paying the right taxes

But BIR chief Kim Henares says they don’t have to feel offended if they’re paying the right taxes.

Jocelyn Uy and Michelle Remo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer report that "the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) is crying foul over a tax campaign advertisement of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that appeared in a newspaper on Sunday (March 2)  portraying a medical doctor as a tax cheat."


According to the report, the PMA was offended by the ad, which showed a female doctor piggybacking on a female teacher. The message on the bottom part of the ad read:: "When you don't pay your taxes, you're a burden to those who do. Do your share." It also reminded the public of the April 15 deadline for the filing and payment of their income tax return.


Aside from being an unfair portrayal of doctors, PMA president Dr. Leo Olarte said in a statement that most of the doctors who belong in their organization lead a middle class lifestyle, noting that "only a few of us are lucky enough to rub elbows with the rich and famous, and many even fall within and below the poverty line."


Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, however, said doctors should not feel bad by the newspaper ad as it was "based on numerous complaints received by the BIR from individuals that their doctors were not issuing receipts." She noted that the perception that many doctors are not paying the right taxes is similar to the view that many government officials are corrupt.

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