Opportunities from the Tobacco Tax Inclusion in TRAIN

Yellow Pad By Arjay Mercado One unexpected development in the passage of Republic Act (RA) 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law was the last-minute addition of a tobacco excise tax increase. Health advocates were surprised by this sudden inclusion because neither the House version nor the Senate version of the […]

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 […]

Press release: Senate bill on tax reform rejected, tagged pro-rich, anti-health

PRESS RELEASE 29 November 2017   Senate bill on tax reform rejected, tagged pro-rich, anti-health by economic, health leaders   Economic, finance and health leaders expressed disappointment  today over the failure of Senate Bill 1592, or the Senate version of package 1 of tax reforms for catering to self-interests,  failing to correct the structural problems, […]

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