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Introduction On 7 April 2022, the Department of Finance (DOF) issued Revenue Regulation (RR) No. 3-2022 to implement Republic Act (RA) No. 11635. RA No. 11635 provides for income tax on proprietary educational institutions and hospitals, which are non-profit organisations. RR No ...

SmartAir, a social enterprise that educates the public about air pollution, has been shortlisted for the “Powered by Pro Bono Award” at this year’s TrustLaw Awards. This award highlights NGOs or social enterprises that have used pro bono legal advice to scale up their operations, improve the delivery of their social mission or pivot their activities to make a greater impact on the businesses and people they support ...

Developments in light of COVID-19 Unlike previous years, there were no major legislations or government regulations on labor and employment issues in 2021 ...

Introduction Prior to the implementation of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (the CREATE Act), the Philippines adhered to the "cross-border doctrine", under which ecozones and freeport zones were considered foreign territories, even if they were situated within the Philippines ...

In March 2021, the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Order No. 014-21 (the Memorandum), which streamlines the procedures for non-resident corporations and other juridical entities (collectively "non-resident taxpayers") to access Philippine tax treaty benefits ...

In September 2021, the House of Representatives of the Philippines approved House Bill (HB) 7425 upon its third reading. HB 7425 seeks to impose a 12% value-added tax (VAT) on digital transactions in the Philippines ...

In September 2021, the House of Representatives approved on third reading House Bill (HB) 8942 – the Ease of Paying Taxes Act. The bill proposed to amend the National Internal Revenue Code as amended (the Tax Code) and introduce administrative reforms that will simplify tax compliance and strengthen taxpayers' rights ...

One of the amendments to the National Internal Revenue Code, as amended (the Tax Code), which was introduced by Republic Act (RA) No. 10963 (the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law) and took effect on 1 January 2018, was the increase of value-added tax (VAT) from 0% to 12% on the sale of goods and services to export enterprises upon satisfaction of certain conditions under the TRAIN Law. On 11 April 2021, RA No ...

This Q&A is part of the publication prepared to provide insights into hiring remote workers in Asia Pacific by members of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA). SyCipLaw contributed the guide for the Philippine jurisdiction. You may access the complete publication here. Q. Is it possible for a foreign jurisdiction entity to hire remote workers in your country? What are the basic legal requirements (if any) for hiring remote workers from a foreign jurisdiction (contractor vs ...

SyCipLaw’s Tax Department has prepared an international edition of its Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for the last quarter of 2021. Please read the full text at https://tinyurl.com/SyCipLaw-DecTIPS-Int-Vol4-2 or https://tinyurl.com/SyCipLaw-DecTIPS-Int-Vol4-3. The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S - International Edition covers the top 10 tax issues of 2021: March 2021 1 ...

On September 15, 2021, the one-year-long suspension of the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) power to review mergers and acquisitions motu proprio under Republic Act No. 11494 (the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or the Bayanihan 2) ends. This means that starting September 16, 2021, the PCC may again review mergers and acquisitions motu proprio ...

1. May the Bureau of Internal Revenue issue assessments against a taxpayer based on third-party information? Yes, provided that such third-party information is verified or confirmed with the relevant customers or suppliers. In Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Mercury Group of Companies, Inc. (CTA EB No. 2215 (CTA Case No ...

1. What is the extended period for availing yourself of the Estate Tax Amnesty? Taxpayers now have until June 14, 2023, to avail themselves of the Estate Tax Amnesty. Republic Act No. 11569, titled “An Act Extending the Estate Tax Amnesty and for Other Purposes, Amending Section 6 of Republic Act No. 11213, otherwise known as the ‘Tax Amnesty Act’” was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, 2021 ...

1. What are the new procedures for availing of tax treaty benefits? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 14-2021, as amended by Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No ...

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has revised its Rules of Practice and Procedure (Revised RPP) which govern the proceedings before the ERC through the issuance of ERC Resolution No. 01, Series of 2021.1 The Revised RPP took effect on April 13, 2021 (or 15 days after its publication in Business Mirror, a newspaper of general circulation). It allows the ERC to adapt to changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and modernizes the ERC rules of procedure ...

Broadly speaking, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is understood as investing that incorporates ESG factors in investment decisions. It is often used interchangeably with the terms sustainable investing, responsible investing, ethical investing and impact investing ...

 1. What are the rules on the exclusion of land in the computation of the PhP100 million threshold on total assets in order to qualify for the reduced corporate income tax rate of 20% under the CREATE Law? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 62-2021 dated April 30, 2021 (RMC No. 62-2021) to clarify certain provisions of Revenue Regulations No. 5-2021 relative to corporate income taxation under Republic Act No ...

 The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for April covers the following tax issues: 1. What are the requirements to claim tax exemption for the procurement, importation, donation, storage, transportation, deployment, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines? 2. How are the amendments under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act on certain final taxes implemented by the BIR? 3 ...

The Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) has been further amended by Republic Act No. 11521,1 which took effect on February 8, 2021 (or immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette). (The new provisions introduced by R.A. 11521 to the AMLA are underlined below for ease of reference.) A. Spotlight on New Provisions B. Covered Persons and Covered Transactions C. Targeted Financial Sanctions D. Other Relevant Provisions   A. Spotlight on New Provisions R.A ...

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. International Edition covers the following tax issues: 1. What are the salient provisions on income tax under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act, or CREATE Act? On March 26, 2021, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the “Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act” (Republic Act No. 11534, the CREATE Act) into law ...

Republic Act No. 11523, also known as “An Act Ensuring Philippine Financial Industry Resiliency Against the COVID-19 Pandemic” (FIST Act)1, which seeks to assist banks and financial institutions (FIs) in dealing with the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, took effect on February 18, 2021 upon its publication in the Official Gazette and in a newspaper of general circulation ...

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for February covers the following tax issues: 1. What are the new and simplified guidelines and procedures on the use of Computerized Accounting Systems, Computerized Books of Account, and/or its Components, including Electronic Storage System? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Order No. 9-2021 (RMO No ...

This bulletin is on recent Philippine legal developments in data privacy, fintech and digital banks. PRIVACY UPDATE Caring about Sharing: New Rules on Data Sharing Agreements On December 23, 2020, the Philippine data privacy regulator, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Circular No. 2020-03 on data sharing agreements (2020 DSA Circular).1 The circular supersedes NPC Circular No ...

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) issued Memorandum CN-No. 2020-0104, 1 dated December 21, 2020, on the amendments to its Voluntary Delisting Rules. These amendments tighten the approval requirements for delisting and seek to ensure the fairness of the tender offer price ...

The Supreme Court has issued Supreme Court Administrative Matter No. 20-12-01-SC (Re: Proposed Guidelines on the Conduct of Videoconferencing) dated December 9, 20201 (Court Videoconferencing Guidelines) to ensure that hearings via videoconferencing are conducted in an orderly manner and that the constitutional rights of the accused are protected ...

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