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Sotto: TRAIN 2 may be approved before 2019 elections

/ 05:32 PM August 04, 2018
Vicente "Tito" Sotto III

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. (Photo by CATHY MIRANDA / INQUIRER.net)

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Saturday said his bill for the second package of the government’s tax reform program has a chance to be approved before the 2019 Elections.

According to Sotto, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) 2 might be granted if proven that it would benefit the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

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“If it is indeed good and if my assumption is correct that it would benefit the MSMEs, it has a chance of getting passed,” Sotto, speaking in Filipino, said during an interview at AM radio station DWIZ.

Sotto filed the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act for TRAIN 2 (Senate Bill No. 1906), which gpt a cold reception from other senators following the supposed negative effects of TRAIN 1 on the prices of goods.

sUnder the second installment of the tax reform, Sotto said corporate taxes would be “rationalized.”

READ: Sotto files bill on TRAIN 2 covering corporate income taxes, incentives

Sotto, however, admitted that it wouldn’t pass Senate if the concerned committee weret o conduct voting for the bill right now.

“If the voting takes place , it will not be passed. It won’t even get to the floor,” he said.

He admitted the bill might face rough sailing if senators spot disadvantageous provisions.

“If there are parts that we haven’t seen that might later be judged to be detrimental, it will have difficulty passing the Senate,” Sotto said. /atm

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