Where are the tax evaders? Chart shows stats

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By Alexander Villafania

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – Ever since the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) has been coming out with its “Sexy Statistics” series, the agency has been coming up with interesting topics that would have otherwise been missed by most people.

One of its most recent is a statistical chart on potential tax black holes in the Philippines.

Using their own special computations, the NSCB extrapolated figures submitted by the Commission on Audit (COA) and the population per region from the National Statistics Office (NSO) and came out with tax figures that showed where the highest and lowest tax payers are hailing from.

By the looks of it, National Capital Region (NCR), with a population of roughly over 7 million people, has the highest average ratio of national tax paid to gross regional domestic product or GRDP as of 2009.

For instance, the national income tax paid per capita average tax per capita in NCR is P136,940 while the individual income tax paid per capita is P17,810.

The 2006-2009 GRDP of NCR is also the highest among all the regions in the Philippines. NCR is also ranked number one in terms of paying business taxes and individual taxes.

On the other hand, certain regions have apparently fallen short of their expectations.

For instance, NSCB stated that Region XII only paid an average of P640 for GRDP while Region IV only paid P180. Region I and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) only paid P1,380 and P600, respectively.

That being said, the NSCB stressed that in regions outside the NCR, tax payments have been at the most, dismal. The lowest tax payers are in Regions X, XII, and Region VII.

“Could this be an indication that taxes are not being efficiently collected or properly paid? Also noticeable are regions with smaller per capita RDPs but relatively larger per capita income tax like Region V, Region VIII and CARAGA,” according to the NSCB  report, which was prepared by Statistical Officers Irene Talam and Mark Pascasio.

Interestingly, the NSCB also used a “motion bubble” chart, an interactive motion chart that highlights the comparative amount of individual and national tax paid per year. Each region is represented as a colored bubble and the size of each bubble is relative to the amount of tax paid. The motion bubble includes taxes paid from 2006 to 2010.

So if the government intends to increase its tax collection scheme it should look at these charts and find out who’s been hiding from their duties.

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