Sugar alliance set to
file case vs. BIR
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines is filing a case against the Bureau of Internal Revenue for imposing a revised revenue regulation that places raw sugar under Value Added Tax coverage, Manuel Lamata, United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines president, said yesterday.
The sugar federations had decided since last week to jointly file the case against the BIR, to ensure the survival of the sugar industry, especially the small farmers who comprise 90 percent of the industry, Enrique Rojas, National Federation of Sugar Planters president, said.
Imposing VAT on raw sugar will not only affect industry stakeholders but 90 million Filipino consumers of sugar, he said.