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Finance chief eyes tax overhaul

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An overhaul of the country’s entire tax structure may be overdue, according to Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima. This comes as authorities struggle to meet monthly revenue targets due to established leakages that promote inequity by sourcing most of the state’s money from fixed salary earners. Finance authorities argue that several parts of the law need [...]

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Customs seizes Harbor Star tugboat

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Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc., a leading provider of harbor assistance, lighterage, salvage and towing services in the country, is at odds with the Bureau of Customs over a tugboat importation.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Simplifying the tax system redux

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“The only thing that is constant is change,” said Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Here, the constancy of change is colliding with a seemingly irresistible force—inertia against tax reform. But the Asean economic integration in 2015 and the need to be competitive may yet be the catalyst for change.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Equal treatment on tax breaks

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With the controversy over the Disbursement Acceleration Program still unsettled, another issue has come up that may aggravate the present testy relationship between the executive branch and the judiciary.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

BIR rule seen to trigger capital flight

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Nine of the country’s most influential business groups—including the entire banking and capital market industry—have warned of capital flight arising from a new Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regulation requiring the submission of an alphabetical list (alphalist) of payees of income payments subject to withholding taxes.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

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