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Taxpayer relief: BIR eases requirements for VAT refunds

The Bureau of Internal Revenue is streamlining its procedures on the filing and processing of value added tax refund claims.

Under the new guidelines, the BIR has reduced the number of documentary requirements to 9 to 17 from 30.

Taxpayers seeking a refund no longer need to submit soft copies of the scanned sales invoices or official receipts to support purchases and sales of goods or services.

Instead, the taxpayer only needs to submit the original copies of the documents to avail of the VAT refund.

“Cutting the BIR requirements of VAT refund to half is a historic step towards ease of doing business. We hope with this landmark issuance, taxpayers will realize that the BIR is now a service-oriented agency, not merely a goal-oriented one,” Lumagui said in a statement.

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