Category: Philippines

Senate inquiry into foreign workers’ tax payments pushed

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the Senate to hold an inquiry on the uncollected taxes from registered and unregistered foreign workers, especially those in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) industry. n calling for an investigation, Gatchalian stressed that taxes properly collected are essential since revenues enable the government… – Continue reading

What happened to the proposed amendments to Bank Secrecy Act?

The news is replete with discussions on the refiling of the proposed bills for the other TRAIN Packages with the 18th Congress. However, there seems to be no discussion yet on any proposed amendment to the Bank Secrecy Act, Republic Act (RA) 1405, as amended, particularly the proposed amendments to… – Continue reading

First 18 months crucial for tax reforms — Dominguez

On the sidelines of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s anniversary celebration, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III emphasized that the first 18 months of the current Congress is crucial for the Duterte administration’s comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP). According to Dominguez, lawmakers traditionally have the tendency to focus “on something… – Continue reading

Pagcor: Government not inclined to impose higher taxes on POGOs

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. expressed optimism the government will not impose higher taxes on offshore gaming operators in the country to encourage them to stay here. Pagcor chairman and chief executive Andrea Domingo said at the sidelines of the opening of the first Philippine-Asian Gaming Expo held on… – Continue reading

POGOs promise to pay tax starting this month

Operators of offshore gaming companies vowed to comply with Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III’s directive to settle their income tax, seen to reach at least P24 billion in additional annual collections, beginning this month. This developed after the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) met with Dominguez where they agreed… – Continue reading

BIR files tax evasion charges against 15 Metro Manila business taxpayers

The Bureau of Internal Revenue filed Thursday separate criminal cases against 15 business taxpayers in Metro Manila for alleged refusal to pay tax debts totaling to more than P493 million. This brought to 482 the number of tax evasion charges lodged by the bureau under its Run-After-Tax-Evaders (RATE) program under… – Continue reading

Offshore gaming operators warned

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. sternly warned errant offshore gaming operators to strictly comply with regulations and pay proper taxes to the government, saying concerned tax agencies are closely monitoring how they conduct business in the country. “Let this serve as a final warning for everyone to strictly comply… – Continue reading

RGN Reviews the State of Play for CRS and AEOI Rollout

Ivan Pelle, one of the Founders and Executive Director, expert in International Taxation at Recontam Global Network (RGN) is on a mission to make its clients and partners aware of the rollout of CRS and AEOI across Asia-Pacific and how this might affect tax planning and investment strategies. He addressed… – Continue reading

‘Consider PH credit standing in okaying tax reforms’

Lawmakers should consider the country’s latest credit rating standing in approving the remaining tax reform proposals of the government, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said. “I hope that, with this credit rating upgrade recently, the Senate will really consider passing these bills that will redound to the benefit of the… – Continue reading

Philippine FIU Seeks an End to Bank Secrecy Law

The AML Council is seeking additional powers to combat financial crime, including the lifting of the bank secrecy law, which would allow it to check all accounts regardless of transaction thresholds. The Philippine AMLC (Anti-Money Laundering Council) is seeking additional powers to combat financial crime as part of the BSP… – Continue reading

BIR may defer notice of foreign tax probe

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) may now notify taxpayers that their information was sent to a requesting foreign tax authority as investigation reaches the final stages. Revenue Regulation No. 22-2018 states that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue can opt to notify the taxpayer in writing that a foreign tax… – Continue reading

Can the PHL fully participate in ASEAN Taxation Cooperation?

(Second of two parts) Embracing the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI), whether in the form of FATCA and/or CRS, affects stakeholders ranging from the government and businesses down to the ordinary consumers of financial products and services. As such, the uncertainties arising from the supposed implementation are definitely not in… – Continue reading

ASEAN taxation cooperation via automatic information exchange

IN 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025 was adopted as part of the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together plan. This collaboration charts the broad trajectories of ASEAN economic integration from 2016 to 2025. It aims to strengthen and reinforce by 2025 these five AEC characteristics: 1. A highly… – Continue reading

No double taxation under draft federal charter, says Con-com

The Consultative Committee denied Tuesday allegations that the draft federal constitution will allow double taxation thereby putting more burden to the people. “Double taxation is absolutely false. It is provided in the draft that no double taxation should be allowed,” Conrado Generoso, Con-com spokesperson who presented the draft constitution, said… – Continue reading

A look at the Philippines-Mexico double taxation agreement

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 58, 2018 on the Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation on income tax between the Philippines and Mexico, which has entered into force last April 18, 2018. The Agreement was signed in November 17, 2015 between… – Continue reading

Tax evasion seen a hurdle to FATF compliance

THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said the legal treatment of tax evasion and loopholes involving real estate brokers are keeping the country from achieving full compliance with international standards for money laundering regulation. AMLC Secretariat Executive Director Mel Georgie B. Racela made the remarks to BusinessWorld on the sidelines of… – Continue reading

Enforcing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in the Philippines

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) is a US legislation that is part of the 2010 Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, and forming part of four new sections incorporated into the US Internal Revenue Code. It is a law designed to improve offshore US tax collection by… – Continue reading

Rappler hits BIR for ‘selective justice’ in tax evasion case

(UPDATED) Rappler Holdings Corporation and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa file a joint counter-affidavit at the DOJ in relation to the P133-million tax evasion complaint filed by the BIR MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa accused the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) of “selective… – Continue reading

Cambodia, Vietnam ink double taxation agreement

Cambodia has signed a double taxation agreement with Vietnam that protects each country’s nationals from dual taxation, according to a news release from the General Department of Taxation released on Tuesday. The agreement was signed on Saturday on the sidelines of the Greater Mekong Subregion Summit held in Hanoi. Chou… – Continue reading

Finance studying three types of tax amnesty measures

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Tuesday the government is studying three kinds of tax amnesty programs. Dominguez said these programs would include amnesty for the estate taxes, amnesty for those who were remiss in paying their taxes and amnesty for those who had tax cases. “There are three kinds… – Continue reading

Senate ratifies cybercrime, tax treaties

The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading five resolutions concurring the ratification of five treaties, including the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime which would prevent syndicates from making the Philippines a “haven” for their illegal activities. Senators also unanimously ratified four treaties covering the Philippines’ Double Taxation Avoidance… – Continue reading

BIR ordered to investigate Sereno for alleged tax evasion

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday said it will begin investigating Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s alleged failure to pay taxes. BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa made this commitment in response to an order from the House Committee on… – Continue reading

ROHQ workers lose tax privileges

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said employees of regional operating headquarters (ROHQ) who used to enjoy preferential tax rates, will no longer be able to avail them beginning this year. In a tax advisory, the BIR said in view of the recent amendment of the provisions of Section 25(B),… – Continue reading

Duterte orders DOF to ensure TRAIN’s effective implementation

MANILA, Dec. 20 – President Duterte has instructed the Department of Finance (DOF) to ensure the effective implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), and to immediately submit to Congress the Package Two of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) in the early 2018, which aims… – Continue reading

Diokno proposes new tax amnesty

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) raised the possibility of granting a general tax amnesty to lure individuals and corporations with outstanding liabilities to settle their obligations without fear of being slapped with criminal charges. Following the tax settlement of cigarette-firm Mighty Corp. with the government, Budget Secretary Benjamin… – Continue reading

IMF praises Philippines for placing casinos under AML act

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the Philippines for legal changes that brought the nation’s casinos within the scope of the country’s Anti-Money Laundering Act. “[The IMF] welcomes the recent amendment… to include casinos” under the act, the IMF executive board said in a press release issued on Monday,… – Continue reading

Philippine Government `On a Roll’ Against Tax Evaders: Dominguez

(Bloomberg) — The Philippine government plans to target additional companies in its crackdown on tax evasion, said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez “We are on a roll, and this is part of the president’s program to make our country more law abiding,” Dominguez told Bloomberg Television’s Kathleen Hays in an interview… – Continue reading

TRAIN removes preferential tax rates for new ROHQs

Multinational companies establishing their regional operating headquarters (ROHQs), a subsector under the business processing outsourcing (BPO) sector, in the country starting January 2018 will no longer be entitled to tax incentives under the current Senate Bill on tax reform. Senate Bill No. 1592 or the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration… – Continue reading

Econ experts laud tax reform plan

MANILA, Philippines — The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) has expressed support for the tax reform program being pushed by the Department of Finance, saying this will lead to better lives for Filipinos. “The comprehensive tax reform program lays a solid foundation for the government’s vision of inclusive growth, improved… – Continue reading

PH to sign tax pact with Brunei

The Philippines is set to sign a double taxation agreement (DTA) with Brunei while eyeing to start negotiations with three other Asean countries as part of its commitments under the regional integration framework. Internal Revenue Assistant Commissioner Marissa O. Cabreros told the Inquirer yesterday that the Philippines’ DTA with Brunei… – Continue reading

PH, Mexico meet anew on trade cooperation

THE Philippines and Mexico have discussed new ways to further improve trade and investment cooperation, and avoid incidents of double taxation, the Department of Finance (DoF) said. A recent meeting between Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd and Mexican Ambassador to Manila Julio Camarena Villaseñor focused on Mexico’s concerns regarding a… – Continue reading

Tax collection from offshore gaming to double this year

REVENUE generated from taxing offshore gaming operations here is expected to double in 2017, or less than a year since the industry was regulated, with the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR) online gaming arm noting high demand for licenses. PAGCOR’s recently established Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) estimates that it… – Continue reading

Tax amnesty plan premature, says Citi

MANILA, Philippines – Instead, the government should pursue the enactment of the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) before pursuing a tax amnesty program, Citi economist Jun Trinidad said. He said fiscal priority remains the passage of the first component of the tax reform measure that includes income tax cut… – Continue reading

Tax amnesty plan faces hurdles – Credit Suisse

MANILA, Philippines – Investment bank Credit Suisse said an effective tax amnesty program would face hurdles in the Philippines due to the country’s strict banking secrecy law. In its Asian daily report titled “Philippines: Credible threat still lacking,” Credit Suisse economist Michael Wan said the planned program announced by Finance… – Continue reading