• Teachers call for tax reform

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

    “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,” Benjo Basas, the group’s chairperson, said.

    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, a Caloocan City teacher, explained.

    “Once and for all, the system of taxation should be revised to collect more from the rich,” he added.

    Basas said they support 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,” he said.

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