Welcome relief for OFWs coming home for the Holidays

OFWs have long enjoyed travel tax exemption privileges under Section 2 of PD 1183, due to their significant contribution to our national economy. During the previous Holiday season though, and in Holiday Seasons past, those who wished to take advantage of their travel tax exemption had to obtain a certificate from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), for which there was a fee. This Holiday Season will be the first in which OFWs will no longer need to pay for and obtain a separate Travel Tax Exemption Certificate.

When leaving the country for their country of employment after this year’s holiday season. OFWs can be exempted automatically from travel taxes in one of two ways: If they were hired through the POEA, the Overseas Employment Certificate issued by the POEA will serve as the Travel Tax Exemption Certificate. For those hired directly by companies abroad, a Certificate of Employment issued by the Philippine Embassy / Consulate in the place of work or an Employment Contract authenticated by the Philippine Embassy / Consulate.

Please note that Tax Exempt status is only valid for travel to the country of employment. Other individuals such as Filipinos living abroad who visited the Philippines for less than a year, Airline personnel as well, may also be exempted from paying Travel Taxes. For a full list of those who are exempted from Taxes, as well as how to avail of Travel Tax exemption, please go to: http://tieza.gov.ph/travel-tax/travel-tax-exemption/ for information on Travel Taxes in General, please visit: http://tieza.gov.ph/travel-tax/.

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