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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]