The proposed Ease of Paying Taxes (EOPT) Act, which aims to modernize tax administration and improve tax compliance in the country, has been approved by the House of Representatives on its third and final reading on Wednesday (September 15). 

The bill received a landslide affirmative vote of 193 with no abstention and 0 negative votes. 

With this, EOPT or House Bill 8942 will now be delivered to the Senate and will undergo deliberation. 

The bill will work to simplify tax compliance procedures through the segmentation of taxpayers and better tailoring processes, 

Apart from this, it will enhance the portability of tax transactions and legislate the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

Included in the bill is the creation of a Taxpayer’s Advocate office in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which will act as the taxpayer’s recourse for issues with the bureau.

Benefits of the act include the removal of the required annual BIR registration, the harmonization of venue rules to allow fully online filings with the bureau., and allowing taxpayers to file for a Tax Identification Number (TIN) offsite. 

The house bill was authored by the House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman and Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda and was also a priority measure of Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco.

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