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Tolentino bats for reasonable tax deduction for employees working at home

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Administration Senator Francis Tolentino is pushing for tax payment deductions for the additional expenses incurred by work-from-home employees, particularly on electricity consumption during the span of the pandemic period brought dreaded COVID-19 disease.

“Ito pong ginastos ng ating mga nagtatrabaho sa bahay, pwedeng ikarga bilang deductible expense sa pagbabayad ng buwis dahil po nabawasan ang gastos ng kanilang pinapasukan,” said Tolentino during Monday’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy.

Tolentino stressed that he and Energy Committee chairman Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian will file a measure seeking to amend the National Internal Revenue Code “to provide a reasonable deduction on gross income of any taxpayer who has incurred additional electricity consumption while working at home.”

“Hindi na sila nagtatrabaho doon sa opisina nila, hindi kumo-konsumo ng aircon at kuryente. Dahil nagtatrabaho sila sa bahay, nadagdagan ang kanilang gastusin sa kuryente,” said Tolentino.

According to Tolentino since work-from-home personnel are “entitled to some tax relief” since they were “able to produce something for the government office or for a private employer.”

Manny V. Pangilinan’s Manila Electric Company (Meralco) earlier said that electricity consumption went up by 30 percent during the quarantine period.

For his part, Tolentino asked the Pangilinan-led power distribution firm to make its messaging clearer and simpler for the consumer to understand amid the confusion regarding its monthly billing during the lockdown period.

“Napakahaba ng paliwanag ng Meralco, kahit ako hindi ko maintindihan. Nakadagdag pa sa kalituhan iyong kanilang advertisement sa diyaryo,” Tolentino stressed.

“Hindi ba kayang gawing simple ang paliwanag ng Meralco para mas maintindihan ng tao ang kailangan nilang bayaran,” he added.

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