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MORE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS TO PWDS

By: Nica Marsha Gasapo on June 13, 2019

On May 27, 2019, House Bill (HB) 9106 (HB 9106) entitled “An Act Granting Additional Privileges to Persons with Disabilities,” was approved on third reading by members of the House of Representatives of the 17th Congress, and transmitted to the Senate on May 28, 2019. The bill seeks to amend the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities (Republic Act 7277, as amended, or the ‘Magna Carta’ and grant additional privileges to persons with disabilities (PWDs). Although the 17th Congress ended its sessions last week without the bill being enrolled or passed into law, we expect HB 9106, or the amendments it proposes, will be refiled with the next Congress for their consideration.

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THE PROPOSED SIN TAX BILL AND THE NEW ESTATE TAX AMNESTY RULES

By: Euney Marie J. Mata-Perez on June 6, 2019

MTF Tax and Legal Seminar

Before I discuss today’s topic, I would like to invite everyone to our CPD-accredited legal and tax seminar scheduled on July 17, 2019. Please check our website, www.mtfcounsel.com or email us at info@mtfcounsel.com if interested. Topics will include customs and tax updates, data privacy and the new Revised Corporation Code.
Sin tax bill

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SEC NOTICE – USE OF THE GENERAL INFORMATION SHEET WITH BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP DISCLOSURE PAGE

By: Atty. Medienne Isabelle M. Castillon

On May 30, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requested the public to comment on the latest version of the General Information Sheet (GIS) which requires the disclosure of beneficial owners. Pursuant to SEC Memorandum Circular No. 17, Series of 2018, the latest version of the GIS shall contain a Beneficial Ownership Information page. In the said page, the corporate secretary shall disclose “any natural person who ultimately owns or controls the corporation” as well as “contributors or donors” which may either be a corporation, partnership, or trust.

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PIERCING THE VEIL OF OPC’s

By: Euney Marie J. Mata-Perez on May 30, 2019

A corporation is an artificial person with a juridical personality separate from its stockholders, directors, and officers. With this personality, corporations enjoy the benefits of succession, limited liability protection, centralized management and generally free-transferability of shares.

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NEW MATERIAL RELATED PARTY TRANSACTION DISCLOSURE RULES

By: Euney Marie J. Mata-Perez on May 23, 2019

To promote good governance and protect minority stockholders, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 10, Series of 2019, promulgating the Rules on Material Related Party Transactions for Publicly-Listed Companies. The rules became effective on April 27, 2019.

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CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE AND TAX ADMINISTRATION

By: Euney Marie J. Mata-Perez on May 16, 2019

The Asia-Oceana Tax Consultants’ Association, as represented by its President, Atty. Euney Marie J. Mata-Perez, attended as an observer of the first Conference of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Forum (BRITACOF) hosted by the State Taxation Administration of the People’s Republic of China on 18-20, April, 2019 in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China. The forum was well-attended by 350 delegates from representatives of tax administrations or finance departments from 85 jurisdictions, 16 international organizations, and a number of academic institutions and businesses.

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CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE AND TAX ADMINISTRATION

By: Euney Marie J. Mata-Perez on May 16, 2019

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving infrastructure development and investments in various countries and international organizations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. “Belt” refers to the overland routes for road and rail transportation, called “the Silk Road Economic Belt”. “Road” refers to the sea routes, or the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

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BOOSTING PHILIPPINES STARTUPS

By: Samantha L. Poblacion on May 10, 2019

The Philippine startup community awaits with bated breath for the approval of the Innovative Startup Bill. According to a senate press release in May 2018, the bill will provide support to innovative and tech startups, which pertain to businesses that provide unique and relevant solutions to pressing problems, such as transportation, financing, agriculture and healthcare

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A REVIEW OF PWDS’ LABOR, TAX BENEFITS

By: Nica Marsha Gasapo on May 2, 2019

Yesterday, May 1, was Labor Day and April was Autism Awareness Month. For today’s article, we will discuss Philippine laws geared toward the welfare and integration of persons with disability (PWDs). These laws seek to destroy social barriers that prejudice the rights of PWDs, especially in the workplace. The State, as parens patriae, endeavors equal treatment of individuals, disabled or not. However, whether such laws are properly implemented, or sufficient enough, is another story.

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