Pres. Duterte's TRAIN 2 Seeks Tax Imposition on Schools, Hospitals Operated by Religious Organizations


The tough-talking President of the Republic of the Philippines is indeed brilliant according to some political analysts and economists because TRAIN 2 seeks tax imposition on schools, hospitals and other businesses operated by various religious organizations in the Philippines.



For the past few years, religious organizations used the provisions of the Constitution in the separation of powers between the Church and the State thereby preventing the government from collecting taxes from the businesses operated by churches in the country, but Pres. Duterte have different plans to collect taxes to these groups of businesses.



According to the latest information provided by the Palace the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) 2 bill seeks to impose graduated tax on schools and hospitals operated by religious groups.

Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary Karl Chua said that current laws state that schools operated by religious groups do not pay taxes to the national government although they charge high fees from students.

It is now up to the Philippine Senate to decide whether to pass the TRAIN 2. The Senate still has to debate the pros and cons of this proposal in committee hearings and floor debate before coming up with a consolidated bill or reject it altogether.

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III has already filed a Senate version of the TRAIN 2 bill. Undersecretary CHua stressed that the objected of TRAIN2 was to reform the tax system by ensuring that Filipino students entering schools are given quality education.



The DOF Undersecretary also added that "more so with hospitals where patients are cared for," he added.

The DOF also revealed that there are currently 20,000 registered schools in the country, 10,000 of which are being operated by religious groups which do not pay taxes, while 6,000 other schools only pay 10 percent of what they are supposed to pay in taxes.



Source: Manila Bulletin


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