• Teachers hit BIR’s ‘excessive’ taxes

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    THE Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) has scored the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over its aggressive taxation policies that include imposing taxes on bonuses and other incentives of government employees.

    Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairman, on Friday said the policies were too much for them to take, adding that instead of collecting more taxes from them, “the government should find ways to provide state workers with higher salaries that would enable them and their families to live decently.”

    Basas, a public school teacher from Caloocan City (Metro Manila), particularly criticized BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares for issuing Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) 23-2014, which seeks to collect taxes on bonuses and other benefits from state employees.

    “The BIR should instead run after the crooks in the government, the rich tax evaders and the bosses of government corporations who receive fat bonuses and other perks, not the ordinary employees,” he said.

    Last Wednesday, the TDC joined a group of government employees that filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop implementation of the memorandum.

    Meanwhile, it declared support for Senate Bill 2146 filed by Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara and several similar legislative proposals that seek to grant tax exemptions on their bonuses and incentives.

    The group earlier urged the government to reform the taxation system amid its call for a P10,000 salary increase for teachers and education employees.

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