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Will they or won't they? DOF to review fuel tax hike suspension

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Department of Finance sees less pressure to suspend the fuel excise tax hike in 2019, with Dubai crude prices possibly tapering off in the last quarter of 2018

Duterte to suspend fuel tax increase under TRAIN law

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte is implementing this in a bid to ease inflation and 'allow the public to manage their finances better'

Curent oil price hike gas prices. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senators' election plans bog down Trabaho bill – think tank

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Senator Sonny Angara can pass on the Trabaho bill to other lawmakers if he fears the measure will hurt his reelection bid

Rappler Talk: Dissecting the Trabaho bill

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Rappler talks to Chito Zaldarriaga, president of the Philippine Ecozones Association, about their take on the Duterte administration's second tax reform package

#AskTheTaxWhiz: What does the Trabaho bill offer?

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the impact of the Trabaho bill to ordinary taxpayers

Foreign chambers on Trabaho bill: 'Leave PEZA alone'

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We are advocating for the continued operation of PEZA as it is now. And also making sure that rationalizing our incentives [that] it is still competitive with the rest of the region,' a business group executive says

INVESTMENTS. Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines cautions the government from the current version of the Trabaho bill. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

House approves Trabaho bill on 3rd reading

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) But opposition lawmakers vote no to the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and Higher Quality Opportunities bill, arguing it would lead to job losses

OVERWHELMING SUPPORT. Only 14 lawmakers say no to the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and Higher Quality Opportunities bill. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves Trabaho bill on 2nd reading

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself is present at the plenary to ensure the approval of the tax reform measure

TAX REFORM. The House of Representatives approved the Trabaho bill on 2nd reading on September 4. 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Tax carbon emitters, use new revenue for health care

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Will our lawmakers seize this golden opportunity or will they resign us to a future of unintended consequences?

Job losses 'very minimal' under Trabaho bill – DOF

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua says over 97,000 small and medium enterprises can expand their businesses and generate more jobs due to lower taxes

JOBS. Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua says lowering of corporate income taxes mean more jobs. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo


How damaged assets can reduce your income tax

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Our tax laws allow casualty losses to be claimed as deduction for income tax purposes

LIVE: Senate hearing on TRAIN law's impact on inflation

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Watch the hearing live on Thursday, August 16

Expand Train law subsidies for poor in 2019 budget

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says those who need subsidy exceed the 10 million projected under the budget department

EXPAND SUBSIDIES. Senator Bam Aquino said subsidies given to the poor as a mitigating measure of the tax reform law should be expanded in the proposed 2019 national budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Private hospitals warn TRAIN 2 will jack up medical bills

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines also says cutting corporate tax incentives would lead to the closure of some hospitals

BILLS. The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. warns patients will shell out more for healthcare if tax perks will be cut. Rappler file photo

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Planning to buy a car?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz explains the impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law on the prices of automobiles

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Social mitigating measures of tax reform law

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz lets us know about provisions in the TRAIN law meant to help the poorest of the population

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The bad joke that is Benjamin Diokno

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Step down from your ivory tower and embrace reality – the reality of the shrinking peso, in the truest meaning of the word

[OPINION] Higher inflation: Is TRAIN to blame? (Part 1)

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:33 PM

In these tough times, government officials must be wary of populist policies that could make matters worse. They should also avoid making callous remarks that tend to belittle the poor and add insult to their economic injury.

Senators urge gov't to suspend excise taxes on fuel

May 25, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Nalulunod na ang mga Pilipino sa taas ng presyo. Aantayin pa ba nila ang 2019? Hindi pa ba aaksyon ang pamahalaan?' asks Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV

The burden of TRAIN law on Filipino mothers

May 13, 2018 - 11:37 PM

Mothers feeling the pinch due to the TRAIN law gather in Mendiola to ask the government to make adjustments and address people's needs

A Filipino mother masked with a crying face poses like a balancing weighing scale, during the small protest held on Thursday, May 10 at Mendiola, Manila, to appeal to the government to review the TRAIN law. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Calida defends tax reform: Poor 'shielded' by gov't cash handouts

May 01, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says Solicitor General Jose Calida's argument is 'deceptive and misleading'

FUEL TAX. Solicitor General Jose Calida says higher taxes on fuel only has a 0.1% maximum effect on transporation rates. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taxes on sugary drinks hurt sari-sari stores – survey

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

A Nielsen study shows consumers have been drinking less sugary drinks and even taking items out of their grocery baskets, as prices rose with the implementation of the tax reform law

PRICE HIKES.The retail price of a one-liter bottle of Coca-Cola, for instance, is projected to increase to P43 from the current P31, due to the tax reform law. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

#AskTheTaxWhiz: ITR filing deadline in April 2018 and more

Apr 04, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers taxpayers' key questions on the filing of annual income tax returns

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Unti-unti, sinasakal na si Juan ng bagong buwis

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Nang naupo si Rodrigo Duterte bilang pangulo, nasa 2% lamang ang inflation rate – ngayon, 19 buwan pa lamang ang nakalilipas, halos sagad na ito sa target ng gobyerno na 4%

Senate committee to probe new threat vs BPO sector

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This comes after a Malacañang veto effectively raised the cost of doing business in the Philippines, says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

TRAIN EFFECTS. The Senate Committee on Science and Technology is set to probe tax reform effects on the Philippine BPO sector. File photo by AFP

With carbon pricing, Train Law can help reduce pollution

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Historically, when we burn coal or use petroleum products, we generally do not pay for the actual price of the carbon emissions brought about by these fossil fuels

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Withholding tax

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers questions about withholding tax following the implementation of the tax reform law

#AskTheTaxWhiz: The BIR's revenue target for 2018

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'With income tax collections expected to drop due to the implementation of TRAIN, this year will be extra challenging for the Bureau of Internal Revenue'

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Will I qualify for the 8% flat tax rate on gross sales?

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz lists down the criteria which self-employed individuals or professionals must meet to qualify for the 8% flat tax rate

Tax calculator: Compute your new income tax

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Here's a step-by-step guide to compute for your new income tax under the tax reform law

INCREASE. Majority of taxpayers can expect higher take-home pay starting in January 2018.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Have you received your ITR?

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:35 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz reminds employers that they should release BIR Form 2316 to employees by Wednesday, January 31

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Beauty comes with a price, plus tax

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers questions on the new excise tax on cosmetic surgery

DOF bolsters new tax academy with scholarships

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:54 PM

The scholarships are for employees – to train the next generation of public finance managers – while the DOF supports a JICA program open to those in the private sector

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Top 10 questions about the tax reform law

Jan 17, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz explains what the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law is all about

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 15, 2018

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:39 AM

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Prices of McDonald's drinks could go up due to tax reform

Jan 15, 2018 - 12:50 AM

The exclusive franchise holder of McDonald's in the Philippines says it is thinking of ways to balance the impact of the newly-enacted tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

HIKE IN SODA? Golden Arches Development Corporation is thinking of ways to balance the impact of the newly-enacted tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on its business and its customers. Photo from McDonald's Philippines website

Tax reform law seen to put brakes on PH's auto sales growth in 2018

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:30 AM

With most mass market vehicles costing more because of the tax reform law, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Incorporated (CAMPI) projects flat growth in sales this 2018

Makabayan bloc asks SC to strike down tax reform law

Jan 11, 2018 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Leftist lawmakers argue that the House had no quorum and did not call a vote when it ratified the joint bicameral conference report on the Train bill

Members of the Makabayan Bloc file a petition to derail the implementation of the the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law before the Supreme Court in Manila on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

DOE to gas stations: Don't take advantage of tax reform law

Jan 10, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi warns that the government would cancel the certificate of compliance (COC) of violators

HIGHER PRICES. A man holding a petrol pump nozzle at one of Shell's gasoline filling stations. Photo from AFP

[OPINION] Without enough transfers, tax reform law will hurt the poor

Jan 10, 2018 - 5:29 PM

'All in all, the first package of TRAIN was an opportunity to correct many problems that have long ailed our tax system. While a step in the right direction, many of TRAIN’s well-meaning provisions got watered down by politicians.'

ING Bank expects another 1% rise in 2018 inflation amid tax reform

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The movement of prices of basic goods and services in the Philippines is seen to move faster this year than last year, due to the newly-implemented tax reform package

PRICES OF GOODS. Philippine inflation remains steady at 3.3% in December last year, similar with that of November 2017. Stock photo

Higher electricity bills likely starting February due to tax reform

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Meralco, the country's largest power distributor, estimates an additional charge of 8 centavos per kilowatt hour (kWh)

EXPLAINER: How the tax reform law affects Filipino consumers

Jan 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Payroll managers start adjusting their systems to reflect the new withholding tax rates. Supermarkets, oil retailers, convenience stores, and even sidewalk vendors begin updating their price lists.

HIKE IN SRPs.The retail price of one-liter bottle of Coca Cola, for instance, is projected to increase to P43 per bottle from the current P31 per liter, in light of the TRAIN law. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

[OPINION] Train law: What does it change?

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:23 PM

As a tax lawyer, I noticed that there are a lot of news reports on the changes. But actually, there are much more significant changes under the Train law which are not being reported.

Transport groups demand P6 per liter fuel discount

Jan 04, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Piston says public utility vehicles should get the discount to counter the effects of the tax reform law

JEEP. A jeep carrying goods and passengers speeds through one of the highways in Coron, Palawan in December 2013. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Labor union eyes wage hike petition amid TRAIN effects on prices

Jan 04, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says it would seek a nationwide wage increase if the tax reform law triggers 'exorbitant' inflation

INFLATION. A labor union is eyeing to file a petition for a nationwide wage increase should prices of goods become 'exorbitant' because of the tax reform initiative. File photo

New tax rates don't apply to old petroleum stocks, DOE warns

Jan 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

New excise tax rates on petroleum products are levied upon importation, not at the point of sale to the consumers

NEW TAX RATES. The implementation of excise tax and value added tax (VAT) for petroleum products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law is effective on January 1, 2018. File photo

Andanar admits new tax reform law will lead to more expensive goods

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

'So, tataas 'yung bilihin. [Pero] hindi ba nila naisip na dahil dito...ay tataas din po ang koleksiyon ng ating bayan?' says Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar delivers a message during the Cebu City leg of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian-Presidential Communications Operations Office (ASEAN-PCOO) Roadshow at the Cebu Grand Convention Center on March 3, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

1st package of tax reform bill now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:15 PM

If the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, Filipinos will have higher take-home pay but will have to shell out more for fuel, cars, tobacco, and sugar-sweetened drinks

Higher take-home pay but pricier cars, fuel, tobacco by 2018

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are set to ratify their reconciled version on Tuesday, December 12, before sending it to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law