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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has been requested to review the rule that will increase the tax on private schools.

Senator Richard Gordon, in response to the newest Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) policy imposing a higher tax rate on private schools, has termed the legislation “extremely stupid and untimely,” and has asked the BIR to review the rule.

“It is totally unacceptable to increase the levy on private schools at this time when we are facing a worldwide epidemic. Because many of them are in financial distress, the BIR should hold off on charging increased taxes for a while. “This will undoubtedly have a significant impact on them,” Gordon said in a press statement on Friday.

Gordon added that the new regulation is in violation of Republic Act No. 11534, also known as the CREATE Law, which reduced the 10% special tax rate imposed on proprietary educational institutions and non-profit hospitals to 1% from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023, after which the tax rate will revert to 10%.

He emphasized that the legislation was meant to ease the financial load on private schools, which are grappling with the Covid-19 epidemic.

Gordon, speaking to members of the National Press Club (NPC) on Friday, said the government should instead look for new methods to raise revenue, and that the education sector should be emphasized and given more funding.

“Ang galit ng private schools talagang nag-aalsa. Hindi nila makakaya ‘yan at gipit na gipit na, tinawagan ko nang maaga ang mga eskwela at sinasabi sa akin, hindi nila makakaya ‘yan at gipit na gipit na. It’s humanap tayo ng paraan kung papaano makakakuha ng dagdag na buwis at it’s humanap tayo ng paraan kung papaano makakakuha ng dagdag na buwis and it’s humanap tayo ng paraan kung papaano makakakuha ng dagdag I contacted the schools ahead of time, and they informed me that they would be unable to accept this. We need to find new methods to raise revenue, and education should be at the top of the list,” he added.

“Sapagkat matagal na tayong napag-iwanan ng ibang bansa, dapat unahin natin ‘yan. Ang mga guro natin dapat makita kaagad kung ano ang kailangang gawin para sa ganoon, mabigyan sila ng karapat-dapat na suporta We should address our teachers’ concerns as soon as possible so that we can provide them with the necessary support),” Gordon stated.

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