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Palace: Media to blame on uproar over Pacquiao tax woes

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BIR Commissioner Kim Henares. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Tuesday clarified that it was mediamen who asked Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares about the tax liabilities of Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, contrary to public opinion that Henares was a “spoiler.”

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pacquiao’s tax woes cloud latest victory

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Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, trades blows with Timothy Bradley, in their WBO welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won the bout by unanimous decision. (AP

After Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao thoroughly outclassed Timothy Bradley last Sunday, who’s next for boxing’s only eight-division champion?

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Henares tax reminder not meant to spoil Pacquiao’s win, Palace says

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Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares. INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON and INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares did not mean to spoil boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s triumph over the weekend by reminding him about his tax liabilities, Malacañang said Monday.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

BIR chief Kim Henares guns for higher revenues

In this Feb. 4, 2014 photo, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares speaks during an interview at her office at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines.  The Philippines posted 7.2 percent growth in gross domestic product last year, the second highest in Asia after China, but government revenue has fallen short of expectations in a country where decades of corrupt and inefficient government allowed a culture of tax evasion to flourish. AP

The petite sharp-shooting bureaucrat in charge of getting Filipinos to pay their fair share of taxes couldn’t have chosen a higher profile target: Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer and hero to millions.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bank secrecy lifting not a priority–Henares

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares: Not a priority. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares made it clear that seeking the lifting of the Bank Secrecy Law by Congress was not a priority of her office, as she acknowledged that such bid was a “long shot.”

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PMA chief Olarte slapped with tax evasion rap

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Leo Olarte, M.D., PMA president. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/www.philippinemedicalassociation.org

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares said she only granted the request of Philippine Medical Association (PMA) President Dr. Leo Olarte to file tax raps against a doctor she knows is not paying proper taxes.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Osmeña backs BIR chief’s call to lift bank secrecy law

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Sen. Sergio Osmeña III. FILE PHOTO

The proposed lifting of the bank secrecy law being pushed by Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares has found an ally in Senator Sergio Osmeña III, chairman of the Senate committee on banks.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Weigh pros and cons of bank secrecy law lifting, BIR urged

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Senator Nancy Binay.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senators cautioned the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Monday over its proposal to lift the bank secrecy law, one saying it has a “chilling effect” on the banking industry.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Doctors tell Henares: Clean up BIR first

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Philippine Medical Association president Dr. Leo Olarte tells BIR chief Kim Henares (inset) to clean up their ranks first.

Clean up your ranks first. This was the challenge of Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dr. Leo Olarte to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), after the agency published a new print ad repeating the previous message that doctors are tax cheats.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Ona calls on doctors to issue BIR-approved receipts to back tax drive

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Health Secretary Enrique Ona. AFP File Photo

Health Secretary Enrique Ona on Thursday urged doctors to issue receipts to their patients as he backed the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) drive for the payment of right taxes.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Angara, Escudero: No need for BIR to apologize over shame ad

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Senators Juan Edgardo Angara and Francis "Chiz" Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Instead of getting emotional, the government and the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) should work together to make the tax collection more simple and encourage “voluntary” compliance among professionals,” Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said on Tuesday.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PMA president: ‘We are not tax evaders’

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PMA President Atty. Leo O. Olarte, M.D. Photo from www.philippinemedicalassociation.org  photo

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on Tuesday decried the latest advertisement of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) portraying doctors as tax evaders.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senate eyes law exempting from tax 13th month pay of up to P75,000

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Senators Franklin Drilon and  Ralph Recto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Congress will pass a bill increasing the amount of 13th month pay that will be exempted from the income tax from the present P30,000 to P75,000, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Tuesday.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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