“Sin tax” aprubado na sa Kamara

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 07 (PIA)–Gipalig-on na sa Kamara ang ikatulo ug katapusang pagbasa sa balaodnon nga nagtinguha nga dugangan ang buhis sa sigarilyo ug bino.

Sa gihimong botohan sa plenaryo kagabii, 210 ang mi-pabor sa House bill 5727 samtang 21 ang nibabag niini ug lima usab ang mi-abstain.

Nakalatid ubos sa gipalig-on nga sin tax nga 2-tier nga buhis sa sigarilyo, diin ang sigarilyong adunay presyo nga hangtud P11.50 matag pakete isaka ang buhis sa P12 matag pakete gikan sa kasamtangang P2.75.

Ang sigarilyo nga labaw sa P11.50 matag pakete ang presyo pahamtangan na og buhis nga P28 matag pakete.

3-tier usab ang buhis sa mga bino diin ang sa distilled spi-rits nga adunay presyong dili moabot sa P90 mahimong P20 na ang buhis sa matag litro ug P80 matag litro usab ang buhis sa adunay presyong P90 apan dili moabot sa P150, samtang P320 matag litro ang buhis sa adunay presyong P150 pataas.

Alang sa sparking wine o champagne, kun ang net retail price sa 750 ml P500, mahimong P250 na ang buhis niini ug P700 usab ang buhis sa kapin sa P500 ang presyo.

Ang still wine ug carbonated wine nga mas ubos sa 14% ang alcohol content buhisan na og P30samtang P60 na ang mahimong buhis sa may 14%-25% nga alcohol.

Katuyuan sa gobyerno nga makakuha og P33 bilyon matag tuig gikan sa 2-tier nga buhis gikan sa sigarilyo samtang 3-tier usab sa mga produktong bino. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

BIR to conduct lifestyle checks on professionals

By VG Cabuag, Business Mirror
Posted at 08/01/2011 8:48 AM | Updated as of 08/01/2011 8:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to conduct lifestyle checks on professionals – including doctors, lawyers and accountants – in a move to convince self-employed people to pay their proper taxes to the government.  Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said in a wide-ranging discussion on Friday with editors, columnists and reporters of the BusinessMirror, the Philippines Graphic and radio station dwIZ, that the agency would release to the public “by sector” the names of the country’s highest-paid professionals.
She did not say how the lifestyle check would be conducted, but hinted that it would be similar to the lifestyle checks on government officials.

Henares revealed that during her meeting with the Professional Regulation Commission, she learned there were about 3 million professionals in the country; the BIR’s database only shows around 195,000 of them are paying their taxes.

“Of course, from the 3 million professionals you will deduct the nurses and the seafarers because they are not considered self-employed anymore.” Still, she said the data reveal that the difference between the number of taxpaying and nontax-paying professionals is huge.

“We are asking people to insist that they be issued a receipt by all these professionals,” she said.

According to BIR data, the total income tax remitted last year was around P170 billion. Of this figure, only P9.83 billion came from self-employed individuals; the rest was from those employed whose companies automatically deduct their taxes from their salaries (withholding taxes).

Based on the income-tax returns filed in April, the P9.83 billion was paid by 1.69 million people who declared
themselves self-employed; they included those who run their own businesses. Professionals are included in the self-
employed category.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said the tax remittance was “too small”; each of them paid only an average of
P5,800 in income taxes. Computed, this meant they declared earning only less than P20,000 the year before.

“I think they [income tax payments] should be higher. It does not make sense when you compare them with the
average payment of those who are employed. It’s not believable,” Purisima said earlier.

“We would be zeroing in on this sector [self-employed]. We are encouraging them to come forward and go to the
[BIR], and pay the deficiency tax to avoid penalties,” he said.

The BIR has said it would go after the P23.38 billion in additional revenues from the 57 tax cases it has filed under
the Run-After-Tax-Evaders program of the Aquino administration. Of these cases, six have been filed with the Court
of Tax Appeals, including that of Mariano Lim Gaw Jr., the current biggest tax-evasion case.

The BIR is seeking to collect at least P5.5 billion from Gaw for underdeclaring his income in 2007 and 2008, and
for failing to remit value-added tax returns to the government in 2008. The case against Gaw was filed with the
Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 26, 2010; the DOJ ruled there was probable cause.

Gaw, who owns Mega Packaging Corp., allegedly bought 10 parcels of land in 2007 and 2008 for P4.11 billion and
sold them for P8.41 billion within a year.

Twenty-five of the 57 cases are up for resolution at the DOJ and 12 are still under preliminary investigation.

BIR orders building owners to ensure tenants are registered tax payers

OWNERS of commercial establishments will now be required to ensure that their tenants are registered taxpayers, according to the latest issuance of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).  The BIR has begun its drive to track the untaxed sector with Revenue Regulations No. 12-2011, issued on July 25.

The latest tax regulation sets the reportorial requirements for establishments leasing commercial spaces.  “It shall be the primary responsibility of all owners or sub-lessors of commercial establishments/ buildings/spaces to ensure that the person intending to lease their commercial space is a BIR- registered taxpayer,” the issuance stated.  Their tenants must have a tax identification number (TIN), a BIR Certificate of Registration and duly registered receipts, it added.

These requirements ensure that those engaged in retail remit value-added taxes and income taxes to the government.  Under the new issuance, building owners will now be required to submit, under oath, a tax registration profile of their lessees to the BIR twice a year.(BIR)