Senate urged to pass bill granting tax exemption on poll service earnings

27/01/2022 3:15:00 PM

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Asst. Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro has appealed to senators to pass the bill exempting from taxes allowances and other earnings received by persons rendering election service.

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ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France CastroCastro said House Bill 9652 has been approved in the Lower House may be implemented in the May elections if passed on time in the Senate.“The 2022 elections are drawing near, our public school teachers urgently clamoring to the Senate to pass its counterpart bills exempting from taxes all amounts granted to persons rendering election service for local and national elections,” said Castro in a press statement released on Thursday, Jan. 27.

She noted that most of election service volunteers are public school teachers who have to face the dangers of COVID-19 infection while on duty.The Senate has three remaining sessions left to pass the measure since the Lower House will start its election campaign break on February 2.

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Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro has appealed to senators to pass the bill exempting from taxes allowances and other earnings received by persons rendering election service. ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. The legal heirs as provided for in the Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines or the Civil Code of the Philippines shall receive the compensation of the deceased owner. France Castro Castro said House Bill 9652 has been approved in the Lower House may be implemented in the May elections if passed on time in the Senate. 2475. “The 2022 elections are drawing near, our public school teachers urgently clamoring to the Senate to pass its counterpart bills exempting from taxes all amounts granted to persons rendering election service for local and national elections,” said Castro in a press statement released on Thursday, Jan. Under Section 6 of the bill, the initial implementation of the law will be charged against the current year’s appropriations of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund for the Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP). 27.2 trillion.

She noted that most of election service volunteers are public school teachers who have to face the dangers of COVID-19 infection while on duty. Senator Sonny Angara, who sponsored the measure, said Section 6 of the bill just provides reference to the General Appropriations Bill and there is no specific appropriation for the compensation board. “Workers have the right to disconnect. The Senate has three remaining sessions left to pass the measure since the Lower House will start its election campaign break on February 2. “Imposing tax on the honoraria and allowances of election service volunteers destroys the spirit and intent of the Election Service Reform Act, which is to compensate the hardships of persons rendering election service. That has been there since a few years ago. They must therefore enjoy the compensation in full and not bear additional burdens,” said Castro. The added mental stress from intrusive bosses or employers lead to loss of appetite, sleep and other physical health problems, he noted. HB 9652 or An Act Exempting from Income Taxation the Honoraria, Allowances, and Other Financial Benefits of Persons Rendering Service During an Election Period, Amending for the Purpose Sec. SB 2420 also creates an independent and quasi-judicial body to be known as Marawi Compensation Board. He noted that the industry and its suppliers provide direct employment to at least 80,000 to 100,000 workers.

32 (B) (7) of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 was passed on 3rd and final reading last August 23, 2021 and was transmitted to the Senate the following day. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian authored the counterpart measure Senate Bill 1193. The chairman of the board and the eight other members will be appointed by the President. “If we don’t take care of the mental health condition of our workers, then problems will surely arise affecting the entire company,” Tolentino said. “Allowances received by election service volunteer workers are mere reimbursements for the expenses incurred by poll workers. Imposing a 5% tax on these allowances is simply not right,” Castro stated. A joint congressional oversight committee shall likewise be created under the measure. “Further, the honoraria they receive is not even enough to compensate for the service and sacrifices they endure just to be able to serve in the elections,” she stressed. “If the mental health condition of our workers is good, then that contributes to a good workplace, then they become more productive that helps the employer and the economy,” he said. “As business associations representing major industrialized economies, we are concerned the Philippines export industry that has been severely hit by the pandemic, will miss out unless this free trade agreement is approved by the Senate,” Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines President Julian Payne said, warning that non-participation puts the country at a disadvantage compared with other RCEP signatories.

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