Planong pagpapaskil ng professional fees ng mga doktor at abugado, idinepensa ng BIR

admin   •   September 5, 2013   •   2804

“Madali lang naman yan, para wala kayong gulo sa BIR, kung libre eh di mag-issue kayo ng resibo. Gagawin kung P500, less P500, zero! Para wala tayong gulo na iniimbestagahan namin kayo dahil may biglang pasyente lumabas, tinatanong namin kayo meron ba kayong resibo?.” — Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares (UNTV News)

“Madali lang naman yan, para wala kayong gulo sa BIR, kung libre eh di mag-issue kayo ng resibo. Gagawin kung P500, less P500, zero! Para wala tayong gulo na iniimbestagahan namin kayo dahil may biglang pasyente lumabas, tinatanong namin kayo meron ba kayong resibo?.” — Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipinagtanggol ni Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares ang bagong patakaran na nag-aatas sa mga propesyunal gaya ng abugado, doktor, dentist, accountant, engineer, architect at iba pa na ipaskil sa kanilang mga opisina ang kanilang professional fees.

Una nang inalmahan ng Philippine Medical Association (PMA) at Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ang planong ito ng BIR.

Sinabi ni PMA President Dr. Oscar Tinio na hindi ito solusyon upang makapagbayad ng tamang buwis ang mga doktor sapagkat magkakaiba ang doctors fee.

Dagdag pa nito, hindi umano lahat ng pasyente ay kanilang sinisingil.

“We welcome that but there is no universal fee for all patients. Also, I don’t see this as a solution. Does it mean that once you post it, you’ll be paying the right taxes?”

“They see what we earn but they do not see what we don’t earn from the services that we render to poor patients.”

Paliwanag naman ni Henares, “madali lang naman yan, para wala kayong gulo sa BIR, kung libre e di mag-issue kayo ng resibo. Gagawin kung P500 less P500, zero! Para wala tayong gulo na iniimbestagahan namin kayo dahil may biglang pasyente lumabas, tinatanong namin kayo meron ba kayong resibo?.”

Ayon naman kay IBP Vice President Vicente Joyas, kwestyunable ang pagpapaskil ng kanilang professional fee. Maituturing umano na advertisement ito na labag sa IBP rules and regulation.

“My mobile phones have been ringing nonstop from IBP members regarding this BIR plan”

Dagdag pa ni Joyas, “If the BIR will push for the implementation of that plan, definitely we will be filing a case in court to question its legality.” (Pong Mercado / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PMA confirms death of another cadet

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has confirmed that a fourth class cadet apparently drowned in the academy’s swimming pool on Friday (November 8).

Based on the initial information received by the PMA, Cadet Fourth class Mario Telan Jr of Alpha Company of the Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was found at the bottom of the 15-foot deep end of the pool.

Reports say he attended his swimming class from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. but he never attended the rest of his classes.

“Efforts were done to revive him and he was immediately transferred to Fort del Pilar Station Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician,” the statement reads.

A thorough investigation is now being conducted to determine the events that transpired leading to this incident.

Swimming classes are also temporarily suspended until further notice.

“PMA deeply grieves for this unfortunate loss of one of our sons. All necessary assistance will be extended to the bereaved family and loved ones of Cdt 4CL Telan,” according to PMA’s statement.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

IBP vows cooperation, hopes for faster resolution of cases under CJ Peralta

Robie de Guzman   •   October 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has welcomed the appointment of Diosdado Peralta as the country’s new Chief Justice, saying this honors the tradition of seniority in the Supreme Court.

In a statement, IBP national president Domingo Cayosa said Peralta served the longest as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court among the three aspirants shortlisted by the Judicial and Bar Council.

Peralta replaced former chief justice Lucas Bersamin, who retired last week after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Cayosa expressed hope that the judiciary will resolve cases “much faster” under the leadership of newly-installed top magistrate.  

“We are hopeful that under his leadership the judiciary will resolve cases much faster inasmuch as his 25 years as magistrate are notable for speedy disposition of cases and innovations to expedite court processes,” he said.

He also vowed that the IBP will work and cooperate with Peralta to achieve “Justice Bilis.”

Born in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Peralta started his career in government service when he was appointed Third Assistant City Fiscal in 1987 then went on to become a trial court judge and later a Sandiganbayan Justice before he was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009.

Prior to his SC appointment, he was a professor, lecturer, resource person, and Bar reviewer in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Remedial Law, and Trial Techniques in various universities.

He is an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law.

Peralta will be sitting as the chief magistrate until he retires at the age of 70 on March 27, 2022.

Finance chief backs proposed tax on offshore gaming revenues

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2019

Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

MANILA, Philippines – The proposal to impose a five-percent tax on revenues generated by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) and their service providers is ‘a good idea,’ Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

According to a statement released by DOF on Tuesday, Dominguez made the comment when asked about the proposal filed by Albay Representative Joey Salceda which seeks to impose a franchise tax on offshore gaming firms and register these companies as resident corporations as the basis for their taxability.

However, the finance chief pointed out that under existing revenue rules, POGOs are already subject to a 5-percent franchise tax.

“Yes, I haven’t seen the exact proposal, but in general, yes. I think that’s a good idea. But they are already paying a fee. A fee for that,” Dominguez was quoted as saying in a recent media interview.

The DOF cited in its statement the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Memorandum Circular No. 102-2017 which states that, “the entire gross gaming receipts/earnings or the agreed or pre-determined minimum monthly revenues/income from Gaming Operations under existing rules, whichever is higher, shall be subject to a Franchise Tax of five percent (5 percent), in lieu of all kind of taxes, levies, fees or assessments of any kind, nature or description.”

It also cited BIR data which showed that the government has so far collected P1.63 billion in withholding taxes from POGOs and their service providers from January to August this year.

These online gaming firms paid P175 million in withholding taxes in 2017 and P579 million in 2018, the DOF said.

The BIR has so far listed 218 POGOs and their service providers, employing a total of 108,914 foreign workers.

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