TUMAAS ang tax collections ng pamahalaan sa unang siyam na buwan ng taon ng 9.3 percent, ayon kay Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.
Ani Dominguez, ang tax revenues mula sa Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) at Bureau of Customs (BoC) ay umabot sa P2.03 trillion, mas mataas sa P1.85 trillion na naitala sa kaparehong panahon noong nakaraang taon.
“BIR’s January to September collection reached P1.54 trillion, breaching the prior year’s achievement for the same period by 6.9 percent,” sabi ni Dominguez.
“BoC’s collection for January to September 2021 amounted to P469.8 billion, 18 percent higher than the same period last year,” dagdag pa niya.
Iginiit din ng kalihim ang malakas na fiscal position ng bansa bago ang pandemya, na sinamahan ng maingat na debt management upang mapanatili ang investment grade credit score nito.
“The Philippines was financially ready when the pandemic hit us. We entered 2020 with a historic low debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio of 39.6 percent. At the same time, we had raised our revenue effort to a two decade-high of 16.1 percent of GDP,” aniya.
“This, in turn, earned us the highest credit ratings we have ever achieved.”