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    Filipino doctors tax evaders?

    PHILIPPINE Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday said she is set to file a resolution calling for an investigation on the issue of the half-page print and television ads, one of which cast doctors as delinquent taxpayers.
    Binay was referring to the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) controversial tax campaign advertisement depicting doctors as a burden to other taxpayers.
    "I am urging my fellow senators to look into whether the portrayal of doctors as a burden to other tax payers in the print ad was done in bad taste," urged the lady senator.
    In the print ad, a doctor is shown perched on the shoulders of a grade school teacher -- their salaries and taxes were also included as proof that while doctors rake in millions, their taxes are much smaller than those of teachers'.
    The message of the ad went: "when you don't pay your taxes, you're a burden to those who do. Do your share. knowyourtaxes.ph."
    The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has slammed the tax campaign advertisement which came out in the newspapers Sunday morning, saying that it was "unfair" that they were being depicted as "tax cheats".
    But Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares was of the opinion that doctors should not be hurt by the ad and instead should feel ashamed because the portrayal of doctors was based on various complaints received by the BIR that doctors were not issuing receipts.
    "I think we should investigate how the ad was conceptualized – where did it comr from?" the lady senator asked.
    The BIR last year said that it would launch a 'shame campaign' against tax evaders.
    Its newest tax campaign ads are being perceived as the beginning of the agency's plan to name and shame tax evaders in order to raise more revenues.
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