Cardinal Tagle makes pitch for right tax payment

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Pay the right amount of taxes, avoid “magic” and cutting corners and most importantly, do business with fairness, honesty and integrity, and with much discernment of God’s will, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle told a gathering of over a thousand businessmen and professionals in Makati City, on Wednesday.

Tagle was the guest speaker of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), a Catholic charismatic organization, which celebrated its 34th Grand National Breakfast Anniversary.

In welcoming the archbishop, BCBP president Manny Jimenez said Tagle’s presence at the gathering was timely amid the nation’s battle against the “forces of evil,” such as the controversial pork barrel or corruption in government.

In his hour-long speech, Tagle said many people would take shortcuts and pull strings in their rush to become rich.

“I know sometimes in our rush to be productive, we can cut corners and we can do magic. But let us be discerning,” said Tagle. “In our experience today, those who become productive not according to God’s way eventually lose their productivity,” he pointed out.

The archbishop also reminded the audience on Wednesday, to comply with tax laws. But he was quick to add that he also hoped that these taxes would be put to good use.

In a news conference earlier, Tagle was moved to tears when he spoke about the pork barrel scam and he appealed to politicians who dipped their hands into the national coffers to go to the slums and see how the poor suffer every day.

The archbishop had joined the “Million People March,” the protest action on Monday calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system and the prosecution of those involved in the scam.

“Let the world of business, especially through its corporate social responsibility, be a shining example of fairness, honesty and integrity,” he said, adding that integrity must be both personal and institutional.

“Personal and institutional integrity must come together because a people of integrity will work for systemic integrity,” he pointed out.

He also urged the gathering to change the face of business and make it “more contributory to development.”

“For business to imbibe the development it wants to offer, maybe we can turn to the Christian faith and learn not only from the clear teachings of Christ but also from some of his mysterious and even difficult teachings,” he said.

He added, “At first glance, they may sound impractical or impossible. It’s always like that. But if it is God’s way, then it will bear much fruit.”

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  • kismaytami

    As if this padre damaso pay a single cent of tax. Pati nga mga investment nyo tax-free! Hoy, magbayad muna kayo ng buwis bago kayo makisawsaw sa pulitika!

    • kidlot

      Dale mo pre…. may TAX ba mga bayarang Prep at Kinder sa mga Church Schools? Paki sagot naman Napoles?

      • Bulay_Og

        Though you can say that I have lost my religion a long time ago, sadly you have no idea what you are talking about. Schools operated by these religious organizations issue BIR controlled official receipts like any other business establishments. They are actually audited by the BIR regularly.

        Now if you know of schools that do not issue official receipts, you should report them. Merong reward system yung BIR sa mga nagrereport.

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    The Cardinal has a point. Wag kayo mandaya sa taxes – RCC included.

    Kung IRS ang nangongolekta ng taxes natin, palagay ko marami na ngayon ang nakakulong.

    Kaso BIR ang nangongolekta e, kaya dami lusot.

  • Manga Gamud

    If you are an honest businessman and you pay all your taxes chances you will close shops because you cannot cope up with the price competition and you will incur losses because of so many taxes. Madaling sabihin yan ni Cardinal Tagle because they are exempted from taxes.

  • I_am_a_citizen_of_the_world

    No one can put down a Man of God, like it or not, believe it or not, take it or leave it.

    Do not attempt to invite God’s wrath!

    • Alloywheel1

      Even Jesus, castigate the pharisees for being hypocrites. Also, we were warned of wolves in the sheepskin. What more hypocrisy there is than someone giving sermon about paying the taxes correctly when he himself does not pay any tax at all..if that is not hyprocrisy…what is … to you? He has no moral-suasion on such subject. “Oh ye simpletons..Jesus laments.

      Citizens-of-the-world, you are not as wordly as you say. You are blind being led by a blind. I am not afraid of your God’s wrath…cause my God has enormous Love for me against your vengeful God, named Satan. ” Oh ye …simpleton..Jesus laments”.

      • esquireltd

        si delusional bumanat naman

  • Guest

    Fµçking Tagle. All of you morons must pay your taxes first, before opening your filthy mouth and meddling with philippine politics. Pay your and your churches your income taxes. Billions in collections with a penny of taxes.

    And stop your catholic priests from MOLESTING little boys. You still have massive US COURTS guilty charges that you are still paying. Pay up or just hunt yourself down hell.

    • Marco

      God bless your self..and may you find rest and peaceful nights. May yo be blessed hundredfold…and no one will be hurt from your family despite cursing and the extremely below the belt words…

    • GungGung

      May God bless you.

    • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

      Patawarin ka na lang ni Lord. Thanks brother

  • PinoyMundo Biz

    What a lot of people don’t know is that the Church is paying taxes (VAT, sales taxes, donor’s taxes, final withholding taxes, income taxes, etc.). What they are exempted only from paying is the property tax being a religious institution. The same privilege that foundations like Kapuso, ABS-CBN Foundation, etc. are enjoying.

    http: //burngutierrez .com/should-churches-pay-taxes/

    • Alloywheel1

      Not the same. There is a diference. The employees of the foundations pay income taxes while the employees of the Church – the priests don’t. The Church exemtpion extends to the lowest rank. The foundation does not generate revenue. The Church do – binyag, kasal, bendisyon sa patay, tuition fees from the students, etc. Those are fees or revenues, not donations

      • Facts

        I guess you didn’t understand what PinoyMunodi Biz just have said. He said that the exempted tax of a religious institution was property tax just the same priviledge that foundations have.

        Alloywheel your point in income tax was right but why would you post on income taxation when PinoyMundo doesn’t talk about it in his post?

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