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Philippines to keep tabs on foreign workers

Manila Times / Share:
(Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA (Manila Times) – An interagency database of foreigners working in the country is now being developed to effectively monitor and ensure that they pay the correct amount of taxes to the government, the Department of Finance (DoF) announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, the department said the database was being developed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

It quoted BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay as saying in a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd that the database was part of the revisions in a draft joint memorandum circular being crafted with the Labor department on the issuance of work permits to foreigners

“Revisions were made to develop an inter-agency database to be administered by the DoLE,” Dulay said.

“To effectively pursue our mandate (of taxing foreign workers), we need accurate data on foreigners working in the Philippines,” he stressed.

To recall, a DoF-led task force has come up with an initial list of some 138,000 foreigners, 54,241 of whom have been given alien employment permits and another 83,760 holding special working permits.

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