BIR signs up PayMaya to offer online payment for all taxpayers

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Paying taxes will soon become even more convenient as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is now working with PayMaya to offer digital payment touchpoints that will be made available to all Filipinos nationwide.

Seen in photo sealing the partnership with a handshake are BIR commissioner Caesar Dulay (third from left) and PayMaya founder and CEO Orlando Vea (second from right). Joining them are Jackie Lou De La Fuente, partnership manager of USAID’s EPESO project (leftmost), BIR deputy commissioner Celia King (second from left), PayMaya enterprise head Mar Lazaro (rightmost)

As a start, PayMaya account holders will soon be able to remit their tax payments to BIR through the Pay Bills feature of the PayMaya app. PayMaya is also working with BIR to extend digital tax payments to other channels, such as through its online portal and its revenue district offices nationwide.

Having tax payments available to PayMaya users makes it even more convenient for tax payers to fulfill their civic duties, because they can do this anytime, anywhere using only their mobile phones.

“Having more digital payment options is part of the government’s efforts to drive ease of doing business in the country and help make tax payments more convenient for Filipinos. With our partnership with PayMaya, even those who are not within reach of a bank branch can make their tax payments on time, wherever they may be,” said BIR commissioner Caesar Dulay.

“With agencies like the BIR opening digital payment channels for their constituents, the quality and efficiency of government services are vastly improved, which will help drive our competitiveness as a country. We at PayMaya are proud to be partners with the government in not just improving service delivery, but also ensuring the transparency of services with the help of digital technology,” added PayMaya founder and CEO Orlando B. Vea.

The partnership between BIR and the PayMaya is in support of the government’s escalated efforts to digitize many of its services in order to improve efficiencies, reach their revenue collection goals, and deliver better public services to Filipinos nationwide.

Photo shows BIR deputy commissioner Arnel SD Guballa (3rd from right) and PayMaya founder and CEO Orlando Vea (3rd from left). Joining them are: BIR director Carolyn Ann Reyes (leftmost); BIR deputy commissioner Lanee Cui David (second from left); BIR director Alfredo V. Misajon (2nd from right); PayMaya enterprise head Mar Lazaro

Aside from this, enabling tax payments via digital payment channels will also help in contributing to the goal of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to increase digital transactions to 20% by 2020 under the National Retail Payment System.

The partnership is supported by the E-PESO project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which works with the government and private sector to achieve a 20-fold increase in e-Payment usage for a more inclusive access to financial products.

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