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Regional Tax Research Conference, Oct 27-28, 2011

A Regional Tax Research Conference will be held on October 27-28, 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. This conference is being organized by Action for Economic Reforms (AER) in cooperation with Jubilee South – Asia-Pacific Movement for Debt and Development (JS-APMDD), Perkumpulan Prakarsa and members of the Tax Justice Southeast Asia Network with the support of SOMO and Christian Aid.

Forum on Tax Justice

On 4 May 2011, a Forum on Tax Justice was held at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The forum was organized by Action for Economic Reforms, Jubilee South/Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), Christian Aid and Perkumpulan Prakarsa. The forum aimed to provide the basic principles of tax justice and an overview on […]

Southeast Asian Strategy Workshop on Tax Justice

On 21-22 March 2011, the Southeast Asian Strategy Workshop on Tax Justice was held at the Astoria Plaza Hotel in Pasig City. The workshop was organized by Action for Economic Reforms and Jubilee South/Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) in cooperation with Christian Aid (CA). The organizers are part of the global project, “Towards Tax Justice”.

Statement of Support for P-NOY Regarding the Increase of Excise Taxes on Sin Products

We welcome the statement of President Benigno Aquino III to back reforms on excise taxes on sin products, including tobacco and cigarettes. In his statement, President Aquino said that, “From asocietal concern, I say yes to the idea of an increase in sin taxes.There are trade-offs. As you know, these sin products have a health burden on the people, and this health burden has a peso value.”

Year after year, tobacco-related diseases claim the lives of millions. Inthe Philippines alone, approximately 90,000 die every year or about 10 Filipinos every hour die from smoking-related diseases. [1] We believe that increased excise taxes, particularly on tobacco products, will not only address the economic costs by curbing tobacco usage, but also increase revenues for the government.