Anakalusugan lauds re­vo­ca­tion of con­tro­ver­sial BIR memo

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REYNALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CLARK FREEPORT— The health ad­vo­cacy group Anakalusugan on Fri­day wel­comed the de­ci­sion of the Bu­reau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue to re­voke its con­tro­ver­sial order im­pos­ing tax on health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums of work­ers.

Anakalusugan has launched an on­line pe­ti­tion seek­ing to re­scind Rev­enue Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar (RMC) 50-2018, which states that health card pre­mi­ums are in­cluded in the com­pu­ta­tion of the P90,000 tax-free priv­i­lege on ben­e­fits and bonuses of empl oy­ees.

“HMOs are used by over six mil­lion of our work­ing coun­try­men to aug­ment Phil­health in cases of sick­ness and med­i­cal emer­gen­cies. They should not be made to suf­fer and pay taxes for a ben­e­fit they will avail of in such ex­treme cir­cum­stances,” the party-list group said.

“The ‘de min­imis’ben­e­fits with a thresh­old of P90,000 aim to al­le­vi­ate our work­ing and pro­duc­tive coun­try­men and adding HMO ben­e­fits will down­scale what­ever com­fort they will re­ceive for the work they pro­vide,” added Anakalusugan.

The mem­o­ran­dum was ear­lier as­sailed by Se­na­tor Sonny An­gara, chair­per­son of the Se­nate com­mit­tee on ways and means, who in­sisted that the health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums paid by em­ploy­ers for their work­ers should re­main t ax-f r ee.

BIR Com­mis­sioner Ce­sar Du­lay ac­knowl­edged that health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums are not af­fected by the Tax Re­form for Ac­cel­er­a­tion and In­clu­sion (TRAIN) Law.

“The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the per­ti­nent pro­vi­sions un­der RMC No. 50-2018 rel­a­tive to the group health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums and di­rec­tor’s fees, which were not af­fected by the pro­vi­sions of the TRAIN Law, are hereby deleted from RMC 50-2018,” Du­lay said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.