Category: Philippines

Enhanced transfer pricing regime amidst the pandemic

Globally, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is requiring governments to design and implement strategies to cope with the deepening impact of the virus. They are introducing measures to cushion the blow from the economic downturn, such as drawing from reserves and intensifying tax collection efforts. As entire countries and… – Continue reading

Philippines lands in Forbes’ Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2020

The Philippines was recognized as one of the best places where US expatriates (expats) could retire in 2020, according to a recent newsletter from Forbes. It was among 25 countries chosen by the American business magazine. The Philippines was described to be an “English-speaking Pacific Ocean nation of 7,400 islands”… – 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

POGOs’ tax compliance improves

The tax compliance of online gaming operators and their service providers continue to show improvements every month amid the strict enforcement activities of the government, a tax official said. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) initially reported that its preliminary income tax collection from Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) foreign… – Continue reading

BIR Officials: Congress not inclined to lift Bank Secrecy

“The suggestion has been brought up many times before and lawmakers with the support of the business community rejected it,” said a revenue regional director who declined to be named. He recalled that many congressmen even protested when the BIR in 2014 tried to require taxpayers to include in their… – Continue reading

Financial resources hit P31 trillion as of March

The country’s total financial resources reached P31.044 trillion as of end-March 2019, according to the latest survey of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Preliminary results of the Other Financial Corporation Survey showed the total assets of depository corporations reached P23.068 trillion while the combined resources of other financial corporations hit… – Continue reading

BIR padlocks main office, 2 branches of tax-dodging POGO service provider

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) padlocked simultaneously Wednesday the main office and two branches of one of the biggest Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) service providers in the country for alleged failure to register and pay the corresponding deficiency taxes amounting to P2 billion. Shuttered were the headquarter of… – Continue reading

BSP study dismisses risks of POGOs pullout

Initial results of a study conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas show that an immediate pullout by Philippine offshore gaming operators from the country will not have an impact on the financial stability, Governor Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday. Diokno asked the BSP’s Financial Stability team and the Anti-Money Laundering… – Continue reading

Villanueva urges DILG to crack down on tax-evading POGOs

Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to order local government units and police to crack down on Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) that refuse to comply with the country’s tax laws. Villanueva also backed the Department of Finance’s (DOF) order to shut down… – Continue reading

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