"When you don't pay your taxes, you're a burden to those who do."
This was the simple yet stinging message the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), along with the Department of Finance (DOF), wanted to send to tax-evading professionals.
The BIR and DOF released a new Tax Watch advertisement putting accountants and their supposed tax-evading ways into question.
In the ad, 214 of 1,944 accountants, bookkeepers and auditors—or 11 percent of those who filed returns in 2015—had zero tax due, the Inquirer reported.
It also showed how one of 10 accountants operating in the National Capital Region declared zero income tax two years ago.
Another 338 (or 17 percent) of these professionals suspiciously had a gross monthly income less than their standard entry-level pay pegged at P13,890.
There was even an accountant from Quezon City who paid P25 income tax despite racking P1 million in earnings.
Several others cited were a little more modest and amounts ranging from P336 to P3,000 in income taxes.
Last week, the Tax Watch advertisement scrutinized lawyers, indicating that one in every 10 from all over the country as potential tax evaders.