regressive tax

DOF insistence on anti-poor tax package for free educ hit

August 31, 2017

Research group IBON said that the Department of Finance (DOF) should not use free education as a pretext for the Philippine Senate to pass a full version of the administration’s anti-poor tax reform package. The group also said that the administration should instead decisively tax the country’s wealthiest for national development needs. Finance secretary Carlos […]

Under TRAIN, the poorest will have less and the richest will have more (TRAIN Infographic #1)

August 30, 2017

That the Duterte administration’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) is progressive and pro-poor is all hype. Under TRAIN the highest-earning 40% including the richest will have more money in their pockets every year, while the poorest 60% of Filipino households will have less money due to changes in personal income tax, VAT, oil excise […]

Buwis(et)! DOF’s Top 5 Tax Reform Lies

June 20, 2017

By Sonny Africa IBON FEATURES — The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), the first part of the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), has hurdled the House of Representatives (HOR) and is up for deliberations at the Senate. The Department of Finance (DOF) targets approval of TRAIN, or House Bill No. […]

Tax reform should be pro-poor, progressive

June 3, 2017

Research institution IBON said that government should be willing to forge a genuinely progressive tax system instead of adopting one that remains pro-rich. The group said this upon recent Congressional approval of the first part of the Department of Finance’s (DOF) Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP).  Forging a truly progressive tax package is an important […]

Pro-rich, anti-poor tax program passes through House committee –IBON

May 5, 2017

As the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) which contains the first part of the Department of Finance’s (DOF) proposed Tax Reform Package advances in Congress, research group IBON reiterated that this legislative proposal remains biased for the rich and burdens the poor. With the majority approval of the House of Representatives committee […]

TAX GANERN! DOF’s Tax Reforms Tax the Poor and Relieve the Rich (Part 1)

September 2, 2016

by Sonny Africa (First of Two Parts) The Department of Finance (DOF) will submit a tax policy reform program to Congress in September. The administration’s economic managers are using Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s current popularity to push an unpopular pro-rich neoliberal tax agenda. The proposed program lowers the tax burden on the rich and on big […]