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Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for February
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, March 2021

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...

Legal Developments in the Philippines: Focus on Data Privacy, Digital Banks and FinTech
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

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...

PSE Issues Amendments to the Voluntary Delisting Rules
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

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...

Supreme Court Guidelines on the Conduct of Videoconferencing
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

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...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for January
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for January covers the following tax issues: 1. Can the 25% surcharge for late filing of a tax return be abated due to faulty internet connection at the taxpayer’s office on the last day of filing?   2. What are the new requirements for availing of the 15% tax sparing rate for dividends paid by a domestic corporation to a non-resident foreign corporation?   3...

The 2020 Investment Priorities Plan includes “Activities Relating to the Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic”
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The 2020 Investment Priorities Plan (2020 IPP) has been promulgated by the Philippine President under Memorandum Order No. 50 dated November 18, 2020 (https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/11nov/20201118-MO-50-RRD.pdf), and it became effective on December 6, 2020. The IPP is issued pursuant to the Omnibus Investments Code of 1987 (Executive Order No. 226), as amended (Omnibus Investments Code)...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for December
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for December covers the following tax issues: 1. When is the extended deadline to avail of the benefits of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Voluntary Assessment and Payment Program for Taxable Year 2018 (VAPP)? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Regulations No. 33-2020 (RR No...

BSP Issues Guidelines on the Establishment of Digital Banks
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued Circular No. 1105, Series of 20201 (Digital Bank Circular) dated December 2, 2020 to provide guidelines on the establishment of digital banks. This circular took effect on December 23, 2020 and was promulgated pursuant to the Monetary Board’s authority under Section 3.2(g) of the General Banking Law of 2000 to create other classes of banks...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for November.2020
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The November edition of the SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. is on the Voluntary Assessment and Payment Program for Taxable Year 2018 (VAPP) under Revenue Regulations No. 21-2020. Under the VAPP, taxpayers may pay “all internal revenue taxes covering the taxable year ending December 31, 2018, and fiscal year 2018 ending on the last day of the months of July 2018 to June 2019...

Tax Updates October 2020: SyCipLaw Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) Vol. 4
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, November 2020

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for October cover the following tax issues: 1. When the taxpayer cannot be located, what are the options available to a Revenue Officer in serving an electronic Letter of Authority?  2. Is the sale, barter, exchange or other disposition through Initial Public Offering of shares of stock in closely held corporations subject to tax? 3...

Guidelines on the Implementation of the Hague Service Convention in the Philippines
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

This is an overview of Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 251-2020 (Guidelines on the Implementation in the Philippines of the Hague Service Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters)1 (the Hague Service Convention Guidelines). The guidelines became effective on October 1, 2020.2 A...

BSP Issues Rules on the Implementation of the One-Time 60-Day Grace Period on Loans
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued Memorandum No. M-2020-0741 (Implementing Rules and Regulations and Frequently Asked Questions on Section 4(uu) of the R.A. No. 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)) to guide BSP-Supervised Financial Institutions (BSFIs) on the implementation of the one-time 60-day grace period granted to debtors under Bayanihan 2 for loan payments falling due by December 31, 2020...

Philippine Legislation in the Pipeline: Can Local Authorities Regulate the “Internet”?
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

The electronic commerce industry is expected to expand by five to seven percent in the coming years while the streaming services business is also expected to exponentially grow, with more and more Filipinos opting to do their transactions online, as well as accessing Internet-based content and entertainment. Philippine authorities are inevitably focusing their regulatory gaze on these enterprises.  A...

PCC Issues Rules Implementing Section 4(eee) of Bayanihan 2 on the Transaction Value Threshold for the Exemption from Compulsory Notification
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has issued the rules for the implementation of Section 4(eee) of Republic Act No. 11494, the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)1 on October 5, 2020 and these rules (PCC Rules on Bayanihan 2) 2 were published, and thus became effective, from the same date...

SEC Issues Rules on Corporate Debt Vehicles
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 23, Series of 2020 (CDV Circular), dated August 18, 2020, which provides a regulatory framework for the creation and operation of Corporate Debt Vehicles (CDV). The circular aims to alleviate the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on large corporations and medium-sized enterprises by giving them another mode of raising capital through the intermediation of a mutual fund. 1...

PCC Issues Rules Implementing Section 4(eee) of Bayanihan 2 on the Transaction Value Threshold for the Exemption from Compulsory Notification
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

 The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has issued the rules for the implementation of Section 4(eee) of Republic Act No. 11494, the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)1 on October 5, 2020 and these rules (PCC Rules on Bayanihan 2)2 were published, and thus became effective, from the same date...

Rules Implementing the Criminal Provisions of the Philippine Competition Act
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

 This briefing provides an overview of the salient points of Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Circular No. 016 (Rules Implementing the Criminal Provisions of Republic Act No. 10667, Otherwise Known As the Philippine Competition Act)1 (“PCA Rules on Criminal Provisions”). A...

SyCipLaw Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (TIPS) Vol. 3 - September 2020
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

SyCipLaw TIP 1: Based on reports, the BIR is considering applying a minimum threshold on who will be required to submit BIR Form No. 1709. The threshold may be based on the assets or revenue of the entity or the size of the transaction, or both. However, until the BIR issues the relevant circular, a taxpayer entering into transactions with related parties must ensure that it complies with the requirements under RR No...

Bayanihan 2 Increases the Compulsory Merger Notification Threshold to Php50 Billion and Suspends the PCC’s Power to Review Non-Notifiable Transactions motu proprio
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

 On September 11, 2020, the Philippine President signed into law Republic Act No. 11494, otherwise known as the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2). It is intended to, among other things, accelerate the recovery of the Philippine economy from the downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayanihan 2 will become effective immediately upon its publication in a newspaper of general circulation or in the Official Gazette...

PSE Increases to 20% the Minimum Public Ownership Requirement for Initial and Backdoor Listings
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has issued Memorandum Circular 2020-00761 on August 3, 2020 and this sets out the Guidelines on Minimum Public Ownership Requirement for Initial and Backdoor Listings (2020 MPO Guidelines)...

Supreme Court Interim Rules on Remote Notarization of August 2020 Paper Documents
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing on Supreme Court Administrative Matter No. 20-07-04-SC (2020 Interim Rules on Remote Notarization of Paper Documents) dated July 14, 20201 (“RON Rules”), a COVID-19 related issuance. In general, signatories of documents to be notarized have to appear before the notary generally at the latter’s place of business...

Client Bulletin No. 32 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Recent IPOPHL and BIR Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

 This is a briefing on the following matters (covered by COVID-19 related issuances as of August 14, 2020): A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends the Deadlines for Payments and Submission of Replies/Documents Due for the Period July 20 to August 18, 2020 B...

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Payment System Oversight Framework
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) issued on July 7, 2020, Circular No. 1089, which sets out the Payment System Oversight Framework (Oversight Framework). This is in line with the BSP’s mandate under Republic Act No. 11127 (National Payment Systems Act) to ensure a safe, efficient, and reliable national payment system through an effective regulatory and governance framework...

Client Bulletin No. 30 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Metro Manila under MECQ again from August 4 to 18
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of August 3, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Metro Manila will be under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) again from August 4 to 18B. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends until August 10, 2020 the Deadline for Filings and Payments Due for the Period of July 20 to August 7, 2020A...

Corporate Services Department Client Bulletin: Recent SEC Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing of the latest COVID-19 related issuances of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as of 8 July 2020: A.1. Filing of General Information Sheet (“GIS”) and Audited Financial Statements (“AFS”) A.2. Extension of Deadline for Filing of AFS of Corporations within the Jurisdiction of SEC Cebu Extension Office B...

 

 

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