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BIR expands PWD discount to include more grocery products

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by Allan Yves Briones

Persons with disability (PWD) can now purchase, at discounted rates, rice, meat products and vegetables, including 40 other common grocery items as part of a new Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) policy.

Recently approved by Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay has issued Revenue Regulations No. 9-2019 which expanded the PWD discount mandated under law.

“The said amount shall be spent on basic necessities and prime commodities commensurate to the PWDs personal exclusive consumption, or enjoyment within the calendar week,” the three-page document read.

Under the new BIR policy, an additional 21 “basic necessities” and 22 “prime commodities” were made available to PWDs availing of their special discount of five percent off retail price:

Basic Necessities:

Rice, corn, bread, marine and meat products, potable water in container, milk, fruits and vegetables, locally-manufactured instant noodles, coffee and creamer, sugar, cooking oil, salt, laundry soap, firewood, candles, charcoal, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas

Prime Commodities

Flour, processed meat products, onions, garlic, vinegar, patis, soy sauce, bath soft, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, animal feeds, veterinary products, school supplies, nipa shingle, cement, GI sheets, steel wires, electrical supplies and batteries (excluding cellphone, automotive)

Source: BIR Revenue Regulations No. 9-2019

Under Republic Act No. 10754 or An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability, PWDs are entitled to a minimum discount, as well as an exemption from value-added taxes (VAT).

The BIR previously only had Revenue Regulations No. 5-2017 which implemented RA No. 10754, which is now supplemented by the newly released list.

In the same document, the BIR reiterates that purchases of the items from the new list shall not exceed P1,300 per week, and that the same are not exempted from VAT.

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