Tax Digest
Volume 9,
Series 54
BIR Publicizes Stamp Verifier App

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued the RMC 51-2016 or publicly known as the Stamp Verifier App, last April 28. To regulate the local and imported cigarettes in the country, both the BIR and the public, may download the app through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Since April last year, cigarettes have been affixed with internal revenue tax stamps under the RR 9-2015, the amended version of the RR 7-2014. In an interview with BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares last October, she plights the app’s beneficial attributes to the public.

“We’ll ensure that once this application is introduced, it will address and not aggravate any potential problem,” Henares said.

Stamp Verifier App is an app developed to “determine the authenticity of the internal revenue stamps” which are attached to both local and imported cigarettes. It has a QR code and a Unique Identifier Code as well, which, if pointed to the stamp, will immediately identify if it’s registered or not. If the Invalid QR code message appears, then, the cigarette may be smuggled or counterfeited.

Henares explained that they had already anticipated the “unauthorized manufacturing of cigarette tax stamps”, which is the reason IRSIS developed the application.

“We want to ensure there will be no lapses, as much as possible, in the implementation of the sin tax law.” Henares concluded.

Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 51-2016, April 28, 2016
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