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[From the web] Workers greet “bleak new year” with protest vs. pending prices hikes as TRAIN takes effect -BMP

Workers greet “bleak new year” with protest vs. pending prices hikes as TRAIN takes effect

Workers commenced the year with protests at Mendiola Bridge after prices of basic commodities are expected to spike as the new tax measure of the government took effect on the first day of the year.

The protest held by socialist Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) denounced the government’s Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) which they claimed that excise taxes on petroleum and energy sources will gravely burden end-consumers – workers and other disadvantaged sectors since it is a pass-on tax.

“Contrary to what officials keep on reiterating that TRAIN is beneficial to the poor, it is all too evident that the capitalists shall simply pass their obligations to their clients- the lowly paid, contractual workers,” said Leody de Guzman, BMP president.

The group insisted the new tax measures shall only be beneficial to an elite few as the bulk of wage-earners continue to remain financially crippled by labor contractualization, low wages, privatized social services and other anti-poor policies.

“Hindi totoong makikinabang ang milyong empleyado sa tax exemptions ng TRAIN dahil taong 2008 pa ay exempted ang mga sumasahod ng minimum batay at kung makinabang naman ay babawiin din ng gobyerno sa ibang paraan,” de Guzman asserted.

The increased exemption to personal incomes will only benefit a portion of the middle class and the affluent elite, the 8th to 10th topmost in income distribution.

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[Press Release] Teachers call for tax reform -TDC

Teachers call for tax reform

Amidst their call for a P10, 000 increase in the salaries of teachers and education employees, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) once again challenge the government to reform the taxation system.

TDC

“A reformed tax system, especially for individuals would mean a more efficient collection that would improve the state fund. Those who gain more income should pay more.” Said Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s chairperson.

The recent campaign advertisement of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) portraying the doctors as tax cheat and teachers carrying the burden of taxation has become controversial. The teachers however said the government, especially its tax system and inefficient collection is to blame for tax evasion cases.

“Indeed, teachers along with other workers and employees bear the burden of ensuring that government money is sufficient enough to fund the state’s daily operation. Yet some sectors of the society, including the big businessmen and crook government officials are wasting this hard-earned money which is supposed to use for social services.” Basas explained. “Once and for all, the system of taxation should be revised to collect more from the rich.”

The TDC supports Senate Bill 2146 filed by Sen. Sonny Angara as well as several legislative proposals intended to grant tax exemptions or reduction for teachers and other employees especially from their supposed bonuses and call for a stricter campaign not only in paid ads but more importantly in penalizing tax evaders and government crooks.

“If the government is sincere in its tax collection, the best formula will be a progressive taxation system and tax evaders and thieves in the government behind bars.” Basas ended.

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241
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June 15, 2014

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[Press Release] Teachers defend doctors, challenge BIR -TDC

Teachers defend doctors, challenge BIR

Doctors found an unlikely ally, a teachers’ group.

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) echoed the physician’s group sentiments on the ads released by the Bureau on Internal Revenue (BIR) portraying the doctors as tax cheat and a burden to those who pay taxes- the teachers.

TDC

“The BIR ad, which started last year only goes to show that teachers are religiously paying taxes, more taxes, while other professionals who make more income than we do pay less.” Said Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson. “It is a mere confirmation of the the unfair tax structure.” He added.

Basas however sympathized with the doctors and the statement made by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) who called on the BIR to pull out said ad which they described as unfair.

“I believe it is unfair. An erring doctor is not a reflection of the medical profession, in the same case as an erring teacher or an erring soldier; bad members- who comprise very little portion of the organization do not represent the institution.” Basas explained in defense of the doctors which he described as “along with teachers, is one of the noblest and selfless professions.”

He continued, “This is more of a reflection of the BIR’s inefficient tax collection system and it happens not only in doctors, but perhaps, in all the practicing professionals who dictate their own income thru charges from their clients.”

While appreciative of the BIR’s portrayal of teachers as honest taxpayers, the TDC challenged the bureau to run after the big time tax evaders, the big businessmen and the bosses of government corporations who receive fat bonuses. TDC said it is consistent with the clear message from BIR, ‘When you don’t pay your taxes, you’re a burden to those who do. Do your share.’

“If the government is convinced that we teachers are heroes, then we deserved tax incentives, at least. We are at the bottom of income scale, along with other employees and workers, yet the government is dependent upon our taxes.” Basas explained. “Once and for all, the system of taxation should be revised to collect more from the rich.”

The TDC supports several legislative proposals intended to grant tax exemptions or reduction for teachers and other employees especially from their supposed bonuses and call for a stricter campaign not only in paid ads but more importantly in penalizing tax evaders and government crooks.

“The only apprehension of the taxpayers is that this hard-earned money only goes to the pockets of the thieves in government. The government must be stricter and show that it can put the plunderers behind bars.” Basas said. “Paying taxes is every citizen’s obligation, the government is tasked to ensure the fair tax collection and finally to spend these taxes for social services. There could be a system failure if any of the components of this cycle failed.” He ended.

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March 5, 2014

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