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Assessing TRAIN

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III The first package of the comprehensive tax reform, also known as TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion), was the most significant yet very controversial piece of legislation in 2017. Those who oppose TRAIN label it as pro-rich and anti-poor. Thus is the position of diverse Left-oriented […]

Take your time, Mr. President

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is at the final stages of becoming a law. Last December 13, the Senate ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee report (Bicam) on TRAIN with a 16-4 vote. The House of Representatives also claims that it has already voted for the bill […]

PRESS RELEASE: Senate urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill

PRESS RELEASE 12 December 2017   Senators urged to oppose low tobacco tax rate in bicam bill   “We appeal to our pro-health senators to reject the tobacco tax provision in the tax reform bicameral report because the very low rate of increase falls short of the health goals, specifically its inadequacy to generate revenue […]

Public interest over vested interest

Yellow Pad By Jo-Ann Latuja-Diosana Protect public interest over vested interest. This is our call as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is nearing to be completed in the Bicameral Conference Committee (Bicam). Some of the controversial provisions have yet to be finalized, but the tentative list of agreements signal that a […]

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 […]