Solon urges exemption of honoraria and travel allowance of BEI’s from withholding tax for 2019 elections

Published May 10, 2019, 11:00 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Mario Casyuran

Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, urged yesterday the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to exempt from withholding tax the honoraria and travel allowance to be given by the national government for their difficult role in the May 13, 2019, mid-term elections.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Gatchalian said this exemption should be given considering the demanding and sometimes life-threatening duties that teachers who serve as board of election inspectors (BEIs) perform during elections.

He said what teachers would also perform is considered service to the nation.

‘’Giving our teachers the full amount of their election honoraria and allowances is the best way we can show them our gratitude and appreciation for ensuring clean, honest and orderly elections in the country,’’ he added.