Hundreds of thousands of individual and business taxpayers beat the deadline on Monday in the filing of 2019 income tax returns (ITRs).
Filers crowded revenue district offices and branches of authorized agent banks (AABs) nationwide to file ITRs and pay taxes.
Revenue officials invariably described the last day of filing as “orderly” and “peaceful.”
In most cases, the congregation of taxpayers observed the physical distancing in accordance with anti-COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
They waited patiently to be served as banks allowed only a limited number ranging from six to eight persons to enter the premises.
Revenue regional directors and district officers in Metro Manila noted less crowding as many submitted their returns earlier.
Others opted to use the online facilities of the BIR and selected financial institutions to settle their tax liabilities.
BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay had asked banks to extend banking hours up to 5 p.m.
He said banks should also accept tax payments of those who were already in the premises even after the extended banking period.