Corporate income tax cut to 30% to lift business, generate more jobs

[ Manila Bulletin Online ] December 1, 2008


Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto is confident that the reduction of corporate income tax from 35 percent to 30 percent next year would pave the way for more business and job opportunities despite the global financial crisis.

"Lowering corporate income tax will help the private sector retained their employees. That makes us more competitive in the long term for more businesses to invest in the country," said Recto.

Recto, concurrently National Economic and Development Authority Director General, urged the private sector to consider business expansion as a result of reduced corporate income tax. The government is identifying investments and jobs that are at risk and putting in place the necessary contingency measures.

NEDA’s National Planning Policy Staff director Dennis Arroyo identified lower corporate income tax among the mitigating factors against the damage of the global economic slump in 2009.

Income tax exemption of minimum wage earners, declining oil prices, the 20 percent increase in infrastructure spending, robust overseas Filipino workers money inflows and weaker peso that boosts consumption spending could also propel economic growth next year.

NEDA expects the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) would grow between 3.7 to 4.7 percent in 2009 from this year’s projected 4.6 percent growth due to the slowdown in the services sector.

The industry sector in the third quarter of 2008 outperformed the services for the first time since the fourth quarter of 1997 on the back of the robust growth of public construction and sustained demand for real estate by the OFWs and business process outsourcing (BPO) sectors that both helped push total construction.

Arroyo said the global financial crisis, the export crunch and the apparently higher interest rates are affecting the fourth-quarter economic growth.

The Development Budget Coordination Committee’s target for export growth has been revised to one to three percent in 2009 from a high of seven percent.

"It’s a big slowdown due to the global recession in the United States, European countries and even China which contributed to the slower growth rate for exports next year," Arroyo said. BPO and tourism would be the main drivers of the service export sector’s growth in 2009.


Esquivias takes his Oath of Office as BIR Commissioner

October 29, 2008

Former revenuer Sixto S. Esquivias, IV, took his Oath of Office today as Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) before Finance Secretary Margarito B. Teves in simple rites held at the BIR National Office in Diliman, Quezon City.

Commissioner Esquiviaswas appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to address the collection shortfall incurred this year. He replaced outgoing Commissioner Lilian B. Hefti after she resigned from office early this month for health reasons.

Commissioner Esquivias will assume office officially starting November 3, 2008.

Esquivias, 52, a CPA-Lawyer, is the fourth revenuer who rose from the ranks to be installed as Commissioner, the first three being Commissioner Misael P. Vera (1965-1975), Commissioner Beethoven L. Rualo (1998-2000), and Commissioner Lilian B. Hefti (2007-2008).

The new BIR Commissioner is married to Corazon Angeles with whom he has three (3) children, namely: Julius, Luis and Ma. Carmela. Esquivias, a family man, received his elementary and secondary education at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). He attained his degree in BSC Accounting at the Far Eastern University (FEU) and earned his Bachelor of Laws degree at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) where he was a Dean’s Lister. He became a professor in taxation at the University of the Philippines (UP) and Manila Law School and later assumed the position of National Treasurer at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

In 1977, Esquivias entered BIR as a field examiner. He rose from the ranks through the years and served in progressively higher positions, the last of which was as Deputy Commissioner for Legal and Inspection Group in 1998. While at the Bureau, he had a hand in the passage of Republic Act 8424, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Tax Reform Act of 1997, as well as the Expanded Value-Added Tax Act of 2005. After 23 years in service, he retired in 2000 having already reached the highest point of his career at the BIR as Deputy Commissioner.

Since he left the BIR up until he was appointed Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Esquivias was managing partner of Esquivias, Cruz, Condo and Yabut Law Firm. He also served as consultant to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and former Sen. Ralph Recto on tax reform bills.

Esquivias was received with warm welcome by many officials and employees of the Bureau who expressed gladness for his return and wished him well.

Many believe and are confident that he can intensify the Bureau’s collection efforts and attain the revenue target of P845B this year, being an experienced and knowledgeable taxman.

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