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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 […]

AER calls on cause-oriented groups to support tax reforms to fund healthcare, education

PRESS RELEASE 19 August 2017   AER calls on cause-oriented groups to support tax reforms to fund healthcare, education   Action for Economic Reforms (AER) challenges critics of the tax reform, like Bayan Muna and Freedom from Debt Coalition, to answer how they want to finance the huge requirements for health and education services that […]

A response to Winnie Monsod

Winnie Monsod’s recent series of Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) columns on the tax reform bill (House Bill 5636 or TRAIN, which stands for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) has stirred debate. The position of Action for Economic Reforms, Foundation for Economic Freedom and like-minded groups is that despite the bill’s imperfection (legislation of a […]