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Dick wants TRAIN Law scrapped: Gov’t should just collect taxes properly

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Senator Dick Gordon has called on the concerned government agencies to ensure timely and proper collection of duties and taxes to bolster tax collection.

He made the appeal on Thursday to “eliminate” the need to implement the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law to raise government revenue in fund social services and build infrastructure nationwide.

If agencies such as the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) would be stringent in collecting proper duties and taxes, “there would be no need to burden the people with TRAIN,” he said.

He lamented that from 2012 to 2016, the government lost potential collections amounting to P423.2 billion in taxes and value-added tax (VAT) “due to smuggling from China alone.”

“Hindi dapat masaktan ang mga tao sa TRAIN kung nakokolekta ng BOC at BIR ang mga buwis na dapat kolektahin,” he said.

“We don’t have to increase taxes of our people if we can curb smuggling, if we can curb non-payment of taxes,” said Gordon, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee.

He added, “It behooves us all here– executive, legislative and judiciary, to work together to make sure that we correct the situation, the anomalous situation para makuha natin ang mga buwis na dapat nating kunin.”

Gordon noted that that total collection from the variance in Chinese importation alone could have solved some of the country’s problems such as the shortage in classrooms, strengthening the military’s capability and others.

“P423 billion can wipe out the classroom shortage in the Philippines, we have a shortage of 113,995 classrooms nationwide,” he said.

It can also be used to strengthen our defense capabilities through the procurement of at least 23 Frigates at P18 billion each or 81 F-35A Fighter Jets at P5.2 billion each.

He also said that P423 billion can be used for the government’s Build, Build, Build Program or other development projects.