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House Panel approves Tax-Free Contributions to Political Parties

The House Committee on Ways and Means chaired by Rep. Estrellita Suansing (1st Distric, Nueva Ecija) approved on Monday the tax provisions of a substitute bill, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Majority Leader Fredenil Castro, seeking to strengthen the Philippine political party system.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Customers' Withholding Tax on Meralco Refunds cut to 15%

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has approved a revenue regulation (RR) reducing by almost half the 25 to 32 percent creditable withholding tax on the refund due customers of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to a flat 15 percent as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

BIR Chief vows further widening of Tax Base

MANILA, Feb 1 (PNA) - Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay on Friday vowed to set in motion a more stringent audit program to further improve the tax base, which grew 5 percent in 2018.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

PTA to launch iLEARN Online Training Platform

The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) will soon launch an online training platform that would enable employees of the Department of Finance (DOF) and its attached agencies to remotely access the institution’s course offerings via the Internet.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

Tax Exemption for Small-Scale Gold Miners gets Senate Nod

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to boost the country's gross international reserves (GIR) by granting tax exemptions to small-scale miners who would sell their gold to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as p ...
Date: 13 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.
Date: 13 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

Excise Tax Hike on Alcohol, Tobacco Bills certified as urgent

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte agreed to certify as urgent two measures meant to raise excise tax on alcohol and tobacco products to fund the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program.
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves More Benefits for Employees from Service Charge Collection

Employees of hotels, restaurants and similar establishments may soon receive a bigger share in the service charge collection, giving more benefit to the workers.
Date: 01 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOE rolls out Guidelines for Oil Tax Hike Implementation

MANILA, Jan 3 (PNA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) said it will implement measures to ensure that the second tranche of excise tax hike on fuel products will be correctly implemented.
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOE ready to implement Second Tranche of Oil Excise Tax Hike

MANILA, Dec 27 (PNA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) said that it is prepared to implement the second increase in oil excise taxes next year, which is called for under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. Under the TRAIN law, the government will impose PHP2-per-liter excise tax on diesel and gasoline products and PHP1 pe ...
Date: 27 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate ratifies Tax Amnesty Bill

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill granting a one-time opportunity to those who have failed to pay their tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and prior years - including estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts - to settle their liabilities.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms junking of Tax Raps vs Mikey Arroyo

MANILA, Dec 5 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the dismissal of tax cases filed against former party-list representative Juan Miguel M. Arroyo.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms BIR's Higher Tax Rates on Non-life Insurers

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the legality of the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) move to impose higher tax rates on non-life insurance companies compared to life insurance firms.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tax Reform Package Four OK'd on Final Reading at House

MANILA, Dec 3 (PNA) - The Duterte administration's fourth Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) primarily intended to fix taxation in the financial and capital markets hurdled third and final reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bills on Higher Tobacco, Alcohol Taxes get Final House Nod

MANILA, Dec 3 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on third and final reading two measures seeking to raise the excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to significantly curb consumption of both sin products and increase funding for the government's Universal Health Care (UHC) program.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tobacco Tax Hike breezes through Second Reading in House

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure seeking to increase the excise taxes on tobacco products.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel moves for higher Cigarette Taxes

MANILA, Nov 27 (PNA) - The House of Representatives’ ways and means committee on Tuesday approved a measure seeking to increase the excise taxes on tobacco products.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill on higher Alcohol Taxes gains Traction in House

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - A measure seeking to raise the excise tax on alcohol products hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Tax Amnesty Bill on Final Reading

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on final reading the proposed tax amnesty program to boost the government's revenue administration and collection. Voting 213-7, the Lower House passed on third reading House Bill 8554, which seeks to grant amnesty on all unpaid impositions levied by government for taxable ...
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

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Government affirms NCPO Order 2/2019 is Fake

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (NNT) - The Government has affirmed that the circulating NCPO Order 2/2019 is fake.

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ASEAN Secretariat calls for Nominations for ASEAN Prize 2019

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SC Chairman elected Vice Chair of International Organisation of Securities Commission

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Economic Action Council formed

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