A critique of the UA&P studies on tax reform

Yellow Pad By Madeiline Aloria and Joshua Uyheng   With House Bill 5636 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) well underway at the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, it is crucial to take stock of the studied and evidence that have been presented to lawmakers, and scrutinize their relevance in light […]

Health groups prod Angara, Senate to drop plastic tax; Urge tobacco tax to augment revenues from TRAIN

PRESS RELEASE 13 September 2017   Health groups prod Angara, Senate to drop plastic tax; Urge tobacco tax to augment revenues from TRAIN   “Why use plastic tax to augment revenues from TRAIN when it has not been proven to be a steady source of revenue that will fund the promised spending of this administration, […]

Facts, not fear: Responding to critics of TRAIN

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng and Madeiline Joy Aloria Over the past few months, Bayan Muna, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and IBON Foundation, have all rejected and tagged as anti-poor the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) or House Bill (HB) No. 5636. However, upon closer examination of their arguments, the evidence […]

Position statement on the VAT reforms

AER position on the VAT reforms 23 August 2017   FOR ATTRIBUTION: Filomeno Sta. Ana III, AER Coordinator   Isn’t it alarming that too many items are covered by exemption from the value-added tax (VAT)? Exempted from the VAT are 143 items of goods and services. This complicates the tax administration system, creates opportunities for […]

Stop the killings, build the good institutions

We the women and men of Action for Economic Reforms express our indignation over the government-sanctioned killings of thousands of Filipinos.   The persistent and even surging increase in the number of dead bodies strewn all over, underscored most especially by the execution of Kian Loyd delos Santos, has deservedly triggered widespread condemnation from almost […]