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PRESS RELEASE: House bicameral conf members urged to reject Senate tax reform bill

PRESS RELEASE 4 December 2017   House bicameral conf members urged to reject Senate tax reform bill   Fiscal policy reform advocacy group, Action for Economic Reforms (AER) urges the members of the House of Representatives in the bicameral committee deliberating on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) package 1 to stick with […]

Press release: Senate bill on tax reform rejected, tagged pro-rich, anti-health

PRESS RELEASE 29 November 2017   Senate bill on tax reform rejected, tagged pro-rich, anti-health by economic, health leaders   Economic, finance and health leaders expressed disappointment  today over the failure of Senate Bill 1592, or the Senate version of package 1 of tax reforms for catering to self-interests,  failing to correct the structural problems, […]

AER seeks TRAIN amendments to anti-poor, pro-rich Angara bill

PRESS RELEASE 26 September 2017 AER seeks TRAIN amendments to anti-poor, pro-rich Angara bill Dubbing the Angara bill as a derailed TRAIN, civil society advocates led by Action for Economic Reforms (AER) urge the members of the Senate to amend the Angara bill in the plenary deliberations and focus on keeping the original proposals of […]

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, […]

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 […]