Proposed tax policy to benefit BPO workers

The first package in the Department of Finance’s tax policy reform program will benefit minimum wage earners and employees in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. If passed by Congress, the new tax policy would mean that BPO workers earning P21,000 per month will pay lesser annual taxes. According to Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua, BPO workers who earn P21,000 a month with at least four dependents and currently paying P9,202 in annual income tax will only pay around P1,567 per month under the proposed tax reform program. The proposed tax policy would also exempt Filipinos earning P250,000 or less per year from paying income taxes. About 4.7 million Filipinos would qualify for the proposed tax exemption.