BIR warns of syndicates using social media in distributing fake TIN cards to buyers

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Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) warns the public of fake Tax Identitication Number (TIN) distributed using social media to interested buyers.

This information was confirmed by Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa, who said that tax fraud divisions of the regional offices of the BIR have been ordered to identify and arrest fraudsters.

Guballa said that unauthorized revenue employees are handing out TIN to applicants for a fee of P2 to P3 each when he was still Manila’s regional director.

Reports also said that enterprising individuals have shifted to Facebook to illegally distribute the TIN using the money and cargo couriers like Western Union and the LBC Express.

Once payments are made, sources will then have the TIN delivered via courier services.

The fraudulent TIN cost between P500 and P700.

TIN cards are issued by the revenue district office for free, without any charges. 

Meanwhile, many TIN applicants complained of inordinate delay in the release by concerned RDO due to red tape, or simply shortage of supply.

This problem is expected to be eliminated once national ID system is implemented as it would also contain the genuine tax number.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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