A Great Idea from the Philippines for Combatting Illicit Tobacco

From: Business World Online

By Keith Richard D. Mariano

THE PUBLIC can now help the government trace smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes by simply using their mobile devices.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has launched a mobile application called Stamp Verifier App that allows users to determine the authenticity of tax stamps affixed to cigarette packs.

BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, through Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 51-2016, announced the availability of the mobile application for use by both the bureau and the public.

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