Gov Mandanas: SC ruling on IRA ‘just share’ is prospective
Batangas Governor Dodo Mandanas on July 18 clarified that the Supreme Court’s ruling affirming his petition on the local government units’ (LGU) “just share” of the Internal Revenue Allotment is prospective and not retroactive.
The Batangas provincial government was earlier reported to be expecting to receive P6 billion in IRA back payment.
“According to the Supreme Court ruling on July 3, 2018, henceforth, ang IRA ay dadagdagan pa at ito ay kasama pa ang national taxes kasama ang customs duties, tariffs. Dati, hindi talaga kasama yan, pero binago ng Supreme Court at ang Local Government Code ang nagsasabi na ang Internal Revenue Allotment ay mangagaling lamang sa mga national internal revenue taxes,” the Batangas politiko said.
Mandanas called on Congress to amend the P3.75-trillion national budget for 2019 to reflect the SC decision.
“Sabi ng Supreme Court, lahat na ng national taxes na dati yung Customs hindi sinasama yung national collection ng taxes, kaya meron silang hindi binayaran sa IRA na umabot na sa PHP1.5 billion,” he said.
“Ang dagdag hindi retroactive, kundi prospective lang. Idagdag dito lahat ng national taxes, hindi lang national internal revenue taxes,” Mandanas added.
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