House approves bill granting amnesty on estate tax

Mara Cepeda

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House approves bill granting amnesty on estate tax
Congressmen also give their nod to a measure proposing a single estate tax rate of 6% based on the value of the net estate

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives approved on 3rd and final reading two bills granting amnesty in the payment of estate taxes and simplifying the estate tax rate at 6% on Monday, February 13.

Congressmen approved estate tax measures HB 4814 and HB 4815 through viva voce voting. HB 4814 got a vote of 216-0-0, while HB 4815 received a vote of 219-0-0. 

HB 4814 allows a person to be exempted from paying the estate taxes on the property of a deceased loved one from taxable year 2016 to prior years. (READ: Quimbo: Political will in drug war should also be applied in taxation)

A taxpayer interested to avail of the tax amnesty must file an Estate Tax Amnesty Return at the Bureau of Internal Revenue and “pay the 6% of the descendant’s net estate within two years from the issuance of the IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) of this Act.”

The amnesty on estate tax, however, is not applicable to the following:

  • Properties with pending cases before the Presidential Commission on Good Government
  • Cases involving unexplained wealth or under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act
  • Cases involving the Anti-Money Laundering Act 
  • Properties involving tax evasion cases
  • Tax cases subject to final and executory judgment by the courts

HB 4815, meanwhile, is proposing a single estate tax rate of 6% based on the value of the net estate.

Under current laws, heirs are exempted from paying the estate tax if the net estate is worth P200,000. Heirs to properties worth P10 million and above have to pay P1.2 million plus the 20% of the excess above P10 million. –

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at or tweet @maracepeda.