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One taxpayer at a time

February 15, 2017

Tax advocate seeks to lead by example     “You lead with direction, you lead by example.”   This quote from professional racing entrepreneur Roger Penske could not be more relevant in a country that reeks of crime and corruption, where the goal is always to create a ripple effect from a few people committed […]

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Tax on Valentine’s?

February 15, 2017

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers questions about donor’s tax, sending gifts to loved ones through balikbayan boxes, and value-added tax. I work for a BPO company in Ortigas. This Valentine’s Day, I wish to give my mom a branded bag but I read in your previous article that even gifts are taxable. So, will my […]

Tax advocate to OFWs: Time to go home

February 6, 2017

Filipinos are Filipinos, wherever they chose to be in for the sake of their family’s sustenance. But the “Bagong Bayani,” of course, would serve the country better—and would have closer ties with their families—should they decide to build their lives on home soil. This was what The Philippine Tax Whiz Mon Abrea and CSR Philippines […]

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Miss Universe, confidently beautiful and tax-exempt?

February 6, 2017

Will winners in the Miss Universe 2016 pageant be required to pay taxes? How about the pageant’s organizers? The Tax Whiz fills us in. 1. Will Miss Universe winners pay taxes to the Philippine government? How much will be the tax due? Yes. Miss Universe winners will pay taxes on their winnings. Prizes exceeding P10,000, […]

Fixing the Tax System

February 6, 2017

How do we fix our tax system when taxpayers are in cahoots with tax collectors? Not paying the right taxes is wrong. Bribing examiners makes it even worse. But hiring professional fixers like accountants and lawyers to negotiate tax assessments with examiners makes it a hopeless situation. Instead of paying the right taxes, we bribe […]


Philippine Tax Congress: A Dialogue on Tax Reform for Inclusive Growth

Philippine Tax Congress
September 30, 2016

  The last comprehensive tax reform in the Philippines happened thirty years ago and there were several attempts to improve the current tax system. Now that there’s a new administration, there is an opportunity to pass and implement a meaningful tax reform with all the stakeholders included in the process. This triggered the initiative from […]

Seal of Honesty

As business owners and executives of established companies in the Philippines, we acknowledge our company's responsibility to lead by example in the fight against corruption and to promote a culture of honesty and integrity in doing business.

While the government has its own initiatives to improve the revenue collection system of the country, we realize those initiatives cannot succeed without doing our fair share to complement those reforms by paying the right taxes, supporting an advocacy for genuine tax reform, and committing to ethical business practices and good corporate governance by supporting the Integrity Initiative.

SEAL OF HONESTY is a certification program by CSR Philippines to promote a culture of honesty and integrity in paying taxes. The Seal of Honesty supports and complements the Integrity Pledge signed by professionals and corporations for ethical and corporate good governance. It includes a 3-year citizen tax planning to improve the voluntary compliance of qualified individual and corporate taxpayers allowing them to declare true profit and pay the right taxes without the unnecessary burden of penalties and compromises.

It aims to build a community of honest taxpayers recognized by the government for their significant contributions in nation building by paying their taxes correctly. As an incentive, we hope concerned government agencies like BIR, DTI will give incentives to them e.g., green lane, no penalty, no audit and express or automatic tax clearance for government bidding etc.

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