DepEd, COMELEC Commit to Assure Timely Tax Refund for Poll Teacher-Volunteers

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The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Friday committed to ensure that volunteer-teachers, with annual basic salary of P250,000 and below, will promptly receive tax refund after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ruled to impose 5% withholding tax on their honorarium and allowance for rendering services during the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on May 14. “I believe that you are aware that the BIR has already issued a ruling. . . The TRAIN Law specifies that those with annual income below P250,000 will be tax…

BIR: 5% Tax on Teachers’ Allowances for the Barangay Elections

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has stood firm in its decision to impose the 5 percent withholding tax on the honoraria and transportation allowances that public school teachers will get for doing service in the coming barangay elections. A revenue legal official who declined to be named said the collection of the tax is mandatory under Sections 2.78 and 2.78.3 of Revenue Regulations No. 98. She said, however, the take will be returned if the teacher’s annual total compensation does not exceed his tax exemption of P250,000 as prescribed…