Apparently, a genius from BIR came up with the idea of taxing voluntary contributions to SSS, GSIS, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth. Contributions subject to tax are those above the mandatory minimum contributions. This started July this year.
By law, these contributions are supposed to be exempt from income taxation but as per BIR, this exemption is being abused and so they rolled out a circular which now imposes tax on these contributions. BIR also pointed out that these contributions which are in excess of the mandatory requirement are actually investments and investments are taxable.
I don’t know what to make of this but one thing is clear: the government wants your money!
It’s just sad because BIR has never shown itself to be an effective government entity. Before it can ask for more money from the people, it should prove that money being taxed is money well spent and invested by the government.
How can people open their minds to increased taxation when they feel that their money is going nowhere?
BIR stated that they are actually suffering from a collection shortfall from the last fiscal year. This only indicates that they are ineffective in their collection efforts. And to make up for this shortcoming, they are devising this scheme to tax voluntary contributions – what the hell!?
Instead of heightening measures to run after big time tax evaders, they are running after the little people. Come on BIR, these people who are voluntarily contributing are small time people who are merely trying to salvage a secured future for those they may be leaving behind! They are the people who know that they do not have enough riches to hand down to their children and so they need these pre-need plans and assurances so that someday somehow they may have something for their children.
On the other hand, I believe there should be a positive act from the legislature before taxes can be imposed against these voluntary contributions. The laws that exempt these contributions from taxes are as follows: RA 8291 (GSIS Act), RA 8282 (SSS Law), and RA 9679 (Pag-Ibig Law). These laws, obviously, are enacted by Congress. Only Congress then can amend, revise, repeal, or modify these laws in any other way and NOT by a mere BIR circular.
Anyway, I think someone is cooking to have the said circular debunked. Let’s see what happens next. Until then, I ain’t paying my SSS contribution. I’m a voluntary member by the way.
Howard maintains a ranting site here. It’s not a page to make the BLOOD BOIL though; it’s just a page where he tries to debunk the myths and illusions that hover over issues in our country. Howard aims to encourage fellow Pinoys to exercise critique and analysis before accepting popular thoughts and ideas.