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Earlier, respondents questioned the propriety of petitioners' direct resort to this Court. They argued that petitioners should have challenged first the 2011 Bureau of Internal Revenue rulings before the Secretary of Finance, consistent with the doctrine on exhaustion of administrative remedies. In the assailed Decision, we agreed that interpretative rulings of the Bureau of Internal Revenue are reviewable by the Secretary of Finance under Section 4 41 of the National Internal Revenue Code. However, we held that because of the special circumstances availing in this case—namely: the question involved is purely legal; the urgency of judicial intervention given the impending maturity of the PEACe Bonds; and the futility of an appeal to the Secretary of Finance as the latter appeared to have adopted the challenged Bureau of Internal Revenue rulings—there was no need for petitioners to exhaust all administrative remedies before seeking judicial relief. We also stated that: ChanRoblesVirtualawlibrary [T]he jurisdiction to review the rulings of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue pertains to the Court of Tax Appeals. The questioned BIR Ruling Nos. 370-2011 and DA 378-2011 were issued in connection with the implementation of the 1997 National Internal Revenue Code on the taxability of the interest income from zero-coupon bonds issued by the government. Under Republic Act No. 1125 (An Act Creating the Court of Tax Appeals), as amended by Republic Act No. 9282, such rulings of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue are appealable to that court, thus: chanRoblesvirtualLawlibrary SEC. 7. Jurisdiction. - The CTA shall exercise: ChanRoblesVirtualawlibrary a. Exclusive appellate jurisdiction to review by appeal , as herein provided:
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1. Decisions of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue in cases involving disputed assessments, refunds of internal revenue taxes, fees or other charges, penalties in relation thereto, or other matters arising under the National Internal Revenue or other laws administered by the Bureau of Internal Revenue ; . . . . SEC. 11. Who May Appeal; Mode of Appeal; Effect of Appeal. - Any party adversely affected by a decision, ruling or inaction of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue , the Commissioner of Customs, the Secretary of Finance, the Secretary of Trade and Industry or the Secretary of Agriculture or the Central Board of Assessment Appeals or the Regional Trial Courts may file an appeal with the CTA within thirty (30) days after the receipt of such decision or ruling or after the expiration of the period fixed by law for action as referred to in Section 7(a)(2) herein. . . . . SEC. 18. Appeal to the Court of Tax Appeals En Banc. - No civil proceeding involving matters arising under the National Internal Revenue Code , the Tariff and Customs Code or the Local Government Code shall be maintained, except as herein provided, until and unless an appeal has been previously filed with the CTA and disposed of in accordance with the provisions of this Act .
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