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Action for Economic Reforms asks Duterte: Uphold rule of law in Mighty cigarette fake tax stamps

Action for Economic Reforms (AER) urges President Rodrigo Duterte to implement existing law in dealing with Mighty Corporation’s tax evasion case instead of unlawfully settling with a measly P3 billion. “We welcome efforts of the government to charge Mighty Corp. for tax evasion. The company must be made to face the court and if found […]

Railroaded cigarette tax bill slammed

By: Ben O. de Vera – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:37 AM December 08, 2016 Health groups yesterday lambasted members of the Lower House who railroaded a bill aimed at retaining the two-tier excise tax system for tobacco products next year instead of sticking to the scheduled shift to a unitary rate. In a […]

Only a comprehensive tax reform will be pro-poor, pro-people

PRESS RELEASE 6 November 2016   “We support the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package (CTRP) being proposed by the Department of Finance for legislation in Congress because these proposals are necessary to correct the structural weaknesses of current taxes and tax administration systems and plug the leakages in government revenues. These are the same revenues that […]

Minimum cigarette price proposal, a deceptive ploy to prevent further excise tax increase—Sin Tax Coalition

For Immediate Release – Sin Tax Coalition   Civil society groups warn the public about the clever but deceptive proposal of tobacco companies to have a Minimum Cigarette Price (MCP) whose benefits accrue solely to them. Instead of a minimum price, the civil society groups argue that increasing the tobacco tax rate is most effective […]

Sin Tax Coalition lauds the government for addressing illicit cigarette trade [World No Tobacco Day]

On the occasion of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, the Sin Tax coalition lauds government for protecting the gains from Sin Tax reforms, including combating illicit tobacco trade. The coalition notes that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has taken concrete steps to contain illicit cigarette trade. Last year, BIR put Mighty Corporation’s factory […]


Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 April 2015   [Boston, USA]—Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona speaks today at the 2015 Finance Ministerial Leadership Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, to relay to other countries the […]