This year’s Philippine Startup Week ended with one of the those ground-breaking events where tech and tax experts collaborated for a night of innovation talks called “Inclusion Fusion – Innovation x Impact Night.” The event brought together some of the country’s innovative minds to talk about Hack-A-Tax Philippines, aninnovation challenge to improve tax services, headed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and co-organized by Developers Connect Philippines (DEVCON).
BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay’s keynote speech highlighted the pain points that taxpayers, most especially the micro and small and medium enterprises (MSEs), experience when registering for tax services. “Hack-A-tax is a way of making paying taxes inclusive by leveraging technology,” as cited in Commissioner Dulay’s speech delivered by Atty. Lanee Cui-David, BIR Deputy Commissioner of the Information System Group.
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