Tag: tax reform

Bye bye, Build Build Build?

October 2, 2017

INTROSPECTIVE by Romeo L. Bernardo Business World | October 2, 2017   The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) has been billed as the administration’s flagship legislation for achieving sustainable seven percent growth, generating investments and jobs,and reducing poverty. If TRAIN is derailed — kiss Build, Build, Build, bye bye. There is some concern […]

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‘A comprehensive tax reform to fund inclusive growth is in sight’

September 22, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) September 21, 2016   A major tax reform program to finance and sustain the country’s development program is due to be submitted for enactment by Congress this month. Secretary of Finance Sonny Dominguez has given hints of its content in previous […]

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Yes, New Taxes 3: A reform program for the new administration

May 23, 2016

INTROSPECTIVE by Romeo L. Bernardo (Business World Online) May 22, 2016   In two earlier columns (“Yes, New Taxes”, 1 February 2016, and “Low Hanging Fruit”, 29 February 2016), I pushed for comprehensive tax reform to make the system fairer, yield more for infrastructure financing, and, at the same time, simplify for ease in compliance […]

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Yes, New Taxes 2: Low Hanging Fruit

February 29, 2016

Introspective by Romeo Bernardo (Business World) February 28, 2016   In the first installment of this column (“Yes, New Taxes,” Feb. 1), we emphasized the need to raise revenues to cover catch-up infrastructure, to offset revenue gives for equity reasons in favor of low to middle-income salaried workers, and to align our corporate income tax […]

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Some final good acts

December 3, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 3, 2015   President Aquino seems to have misunderstood what the income tax reform bill is all about. It is not about reducing or changing the tax system. It is purely to do what politicians should have done in the first place: Set taxes based […]

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APEC will cost as much as tax reform

November 18, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) November 18, 2015   Andrew Masigan, an economist and entrepreneur who writes for the Bulletin, estimated the cost of hosting APEC at P30 billion. That is also what it would cost to do tax reform as estimated by the BIR. If the estimates are in the […]

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It can be win-win

October 29, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 29, 2015   Last week I said I’d discuss the tax issue some more. A promise is a promise, so here goes. I believe a crucial aspect of any tax change shouldn’t result in the government getting less. Oh, I know we can question how […]

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Arrested development

October 8, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) October 7, 2015   The twerking episode at a Liberal Party affair in Laguna that so scandalized the nation last week reminded me of a popular television series some 15 years ago or so. The show, entitled Arrested Development, is about a dysfunctional family whose members […]

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Tax reform is about fairness

October 2, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) October 2, 2015   Mar Roxas simply does not get it. That is not surprising because Mr. Roxas is from the traditional moneyed class. He knows nothing about making ends meet, something those of us in the middle class struggle with all the time. The most […]

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We need to know why

October 2, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 1, 2015   Why does the Philippines need to approve the quality, efficacy, safety etc. of a product, whether it be a food item, a drug, a device, etc. if a competent, recognized authority in the exporting country has already done so? The government should […]

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