FairTrade to next admin: No new taxes, stop smuggling

June 23, 2010 10:21 pm 

MANILA, June 23 — The multisectoral Fair Trade Alliance (FairTrade) has called on the upcoming Aquino administration to look for various options in generating revenues for the government and reject the proposed imposition of new taxes.

“President-elect Benigno Aquino III must institute bold reforms, including the implementation of non-tax revenue measures,” FairTrade said.

In a statement, FairTrade said that one measure of generating revenues for the government is a no-nonsense drive against smuggling.

“Big-time smugglers and their cohorts in government should be hauled to prison. By By stamping out smuggling, the government will be able to close the annual fiscal gap and avoid the divisive and unfair imposition of new taxes,” the statement said.

”By stamping out smuggling, the government will also help save domestic industries being injured by cheap and untaxed imports and, therefore, help save local jobs, FairTrade added.

“A big step in stopping smuggling is the enactment into law of the Anti-Smuggling Bill which was not passed last Congress,” FairTrade said.

“We urge President-elect Aquino to certify as urgent the Anti-Smuggling Bill that will be filed this 15th Congress given the exigency of raising the needed revenues for the government,” the statement added.

FairTrade said that certifying the Anti-Smuggling Bill as urgent will definitely boost the chances of the said bill to be enacted into law this 15th Congress.

FairTrade has also called on President-elect Aquino to facelift revenue-generating agencies, Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) by installing competent and incorruptible officials in the said agencies.(PNA) LOR/BAC/utb

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