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RAMON DEL ROSARIO, JR. (237 SCRA 324) Topic: Taxation of general professional partnerships v. ordinary business partnerships Facts: Petitioners challenge the constitutionality of RA 7496, commonly known as the Simplified Net Income Taxation Scheme (SNIT). Issue and Ruling: 1.W/N the SNIT applies to partners in general professional partnerships. YES. There is no distinction in income tax liability between a person who practices his profession alone or individually and one who does it through a partnership (whether registered or not) with others in the exercise of a common profession. Under the present income tax system, all individuals deriving income from any source whatsoever are treated in almost invariably the same manner and under a common set of rules. Although the general professional partnership is exempt from the payment of taxes (but it still has an obligation to file an income tax return mainly for administration and data), the partners themselves are liable for the payment of income tax in their individual capacity computed on their respective and distributive shares of profits. Notes: Differences between general professional partnerships and ordinary business partnerships: a. A general professional partnership, unlike an ordinary business partnership (which is treated as a corporation for income tax purposes and so subject to the corporate income tax), is not itself an income taxpayer. The income tax is imposed not on the professional partnership, which is tax exempt, but on the partners themselves in their individual capacity computed on their distributive shares of partnership profits. b. Ordinary business partnerships, no matter how created or organized, are ³taxable partnerships.´ General professional partnerships are ³exempt partnerships.´ Under the Tax Code on income taxation, the general professional partnership is deemed to be no more than a mere mechanism or a flow-through entity in the generation of income by, and the ultimate distribution of such income to, respectively, each of the individual partners. 2. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. BRITISH OVERSEAS AIRWAYS CORP. (149 SCRA 395) Topic: Test of taxability of income of resident foreign corporations Facts: British Airways, a foreign company, is protesting a deficiency income tax assessment by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue for the period covering the years 1959-1963. It contends that although it maintained a general sales agent in the Philippines which was responsible for selling British Airways tickets covering passengers and cargoes, it did not actually carry passengers and/or cargo to or from the Philippines within the stated period and thus should not have bee assessed taxes. Issues and Ruling: 1.W/N British Airways was a resident foreign corporation doing business in the Philippines during the stated
a domestic corporation. it is the right to receive income.Whether the liability to withhold tax at source on income payments to non-resident foreign corporations arises upon remittance of the amounts due to the foreign creditors or upon accrual thereof. that of origin. to non-resident corporations. an inquiry as to the nature of the accrual method of accounting (which is the method used by the petitioner) must be made.. to determine the same. the terms imply a continuity of commercial dealings and arrangements. Even if the British Airways tickets sold covered the ³transport of passengers and cargo to and from foreign cities. Notes: Under the accrual basis method of accounting. that determines when to include the amount in gross income.´ and the source of an income is that activity which produced the income.During the stated period. to that extent. YES. In fact.period.W/N the revenue of British Airways from ticket sales in the Philippines for air transportation constitute income of British Airways subject to taxation in the Philippines. 3.´ it cannot alter the fact that income from the sale of tickets was derived from the Philippines. The absence of flight operations to and from the Philippines is not determinative of the source of income or the site of income taxation. it is a resident foreign corporation subject to tax upon its total net income received in the preceding taxable year from all sources within the Philippines. The passage documentations in these cases were sold in the Philippines and the revenue therefrom was derived from an activity regularly pursued within the Philippines. and not the actual receipt. its main activity. The Tax Code is silent as to when the duty to withhold the taxes arise. and guarantee fees paid by Filipinas Synthetic Fiber Corp. CA (316 SCRA 480) Topic: When does the liability to hold tax at source on income payments accrue? Facts: Filipinas Synthetic Fiber Corp. and in progressive prosecution of. Issue and Ruling: 1. royalties. is the very lifeblood of the airline business. although they did not actually carry passengers and/or cargo to or from the Philippines within the stated period. and contemplates. Accordingly. Under the accrual basis method. the regular sale of tickets. income is reportable when all the events have occurred . The test of taxability is the ³source. YES. Therefore. British Airways maintained a general sales agent in the Philippines which exercised functions which are normally incident to. the generation of sales being the paramount objective. The word ³source´ conveys one essential idea. commercial gain or for the purpose and object of the business organization. FILIPINAS SYNTHETIC FIBER CORP. and are in progressive pursuit of. and not upon accrual thereof. the liability arises UPON REMITTANCE OF THE AMOUNTS. the performance of acts or works or the exercise of some functions normally incident to. 2. is protesting part of the deficiency withholding tax assessed upon it by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue which pertains to interest and compromise penalties for the alleged late payment of withholding taxes due on interest loans. according to Section 24(b)(2) of the same Code. the purpose and object of its organization as an international air carrier. Note: Although there is no specific criterion as to what constitutes ³doing´ or ³engaging in´ or ³transacting´ business as stated under Section 20(h) of the 1977 Tax Code.V. and the origin of the income herein is the Philippines. Thus.
if its basis is unchangeable. There must be a reasonable expectation that the amount will be paid in due course. Requisites of the accrual method of accounting: a. the former charged the latter for deficiency income taxes. 2. This test requires: (1) fixing of a right to income or liability to pay. to wit: (1) Expenses for auditing services for the year ending 31December 1985. 1-2000. For a taxpayer using the accrual method. (2) Expenses for legal services for the years 1984 and 1985. they cannot validly be deducted from its gross income for the said year and were therefore properly disallowed by the BIR. Isabela Cultural Corporation could have reasonably known the fees of those firms that it hired. However. For the legal and auditing services. but is not as much as unknowable. because they were incurred in 1986. b. The expense must be ordinary and necessary. and the amount can be determined with reasonable certainty. and (2) the availability of the reasonable accurate determination of such income or liability. and (3) Expense for security services for the months of April and May 1986. .W/N the deductions were properly claimed by Isabela Cultural Corporation. (515 SCRA 556) Topic: The all-events test. 4. like expenses paid for legal and auditing services. and c. per Revenue Audit Memorandum Order No. only that a taxpayer has at his disposal the information necessary to compute the amount with reasonable accuracy. the test is satisfied where a computation may be unknown. the deductions for expenses for security services were properly claimed by Isabela Cultural Corporation. The amount must be reasonably susceptible of accurate estimate. As for the security services.´ As such. That the right to receive the amount must be valid. Isabela Cultural Corporation contests the assessment. It must have been paid or incurred during the taxable year. or professional expenses. business. when deductions from income taxes may be claimed Facts: When the Bureau of Internal Revenue disallowed Isabela Cultural Corporation¶s claimed deductions for the years 1984-1986 in their 1986 taxes for expense deductions. b. The deductions for expenses for professional fees consisting of expenses for legal and auditing services are NOT allowable. when do the facts present themselves in such a manner that the taxpayer must recognize income or expense? The accrual of income and expense is permitted when the all-events test has been met. they could be properly claimed as deductions for the said year. As such. unconditional and enforceable.that fix the taxpayer¶s right to receive the income. thus satisfying the ³all-events test. The all-events test is satisfied where computation remains uncertain. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. are: a. The test does not demand that the amount of income or liability be known absolutely. ISABELA CULTURAL CORP. Notes: The requisites for the deductibility of ordinary and necessary trade. Issues and Ruling: 1. within the taxable year.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. It must be supported by receipts.c. TMX Sales. Accrual method of accounting presents largely a question of fact. at the closing of its books for the taxable year. TMX SALES. filed a petition for review with the Court of Tax Appeals to order the CIR to refund the amount overpaid as income tax. to be adjusted at the end of the calendar year or fiscal year. stating that more than two years had already elapsed since TMX paid the contended income tax and the filing of the claim in court. a taxpayer who is authorized to deduct certain expenses and other allowable deductions for the current year but failed to do so cannot deduct the same for the next year. Revenue Audit Memorandum Order No. or other pertinent papers. 1-2000.. This is reinforced by Section 69 which provides for the filing of adjustment returns and final payment of income tax. These quarterly tax payments which are computed based on the cumulative figures of gross receipts and deductions in order to arrive at a net taxable income. a domestic corporation.During the subsequent quarters. The CIR raised the defense of prescription against TMX Sales. or could reasonably be expected to have known. 5. Consequently. when it can be finally ascertained if the taxpayer has still to pay additional income tax or if he is entitled to a refund of overpaid income tax. STEPHANIE LUZETTE M. It thereafter filed a claim for refund. should be treated as advances or portions of the annual income tax due. and d. On 14 March 1984. Inc. which was no acted upon by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. INC. (205 SCRA 184) Topic: Prescriptive period to claim refund of erroneously paid taxes Facts: TMX Sales. Inc. it suffered losses so that when it filed its Annual Income Tax Return for the year that ended on 31December 1981. the two-year prescriptive provided in Section 230 of the Tax Code should be computed from the time of the filing of the Adjustment Return or Annual Income Tax Return and final payment of income tax.. such that the taxpayer bears the burden of proof of establishing the accrual of an item of income or deduction. It must have been paid or incurred in carrying on the trade or business of the taxpayer. filed on 15 May 1981 a quarterly income tax return for the first quarter of 1981 and paid the corresponding income tax thereon. records. expenses not being claimed as deductions by a taxpayer in the current year when they are incurred cannot be claimed as deduction from income for the succeeding year. . or from the date of filing of the Final Adjustment Return (final payment)? The most reasonable and logical application of the law would be to compute the two-year prescriptive period at the time of filing the Final Adjustment Return or the Annual Income Tax Return. MACAPAGAL TAXATION LAW DIGESTS FOR CASES SUGGESTED BY EXCELLENT 4 4 The propriety of an accrual must be judged by the facts that a taxpayer knew. Thus. Notes: The filing of quarterly income tax returns required in Section 68 of the Tax Code and implemented per BIR Form 1702-Q and payment of quarterly income tax should only be considered mere installments of the annual tax due. Issue and Ruling: 1. it declared a net loss.Does the two-year prescriptive period to claim a refund of erroneously collected tax provided for in Section 230 of the National Internal Revenue Code commence to run from the date the quarterly income tax was paid. provides that under the accrual method of accounting. Inc.
MARCOS (261 SCRA 667) Topic: Tax exemption²government-owned or controlled corporations Facts: Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) was created by virtue of RA 6958. Issues and Ruling: 1. Mitsubishi entered into another loan agreement with Export-Import Bank (Eximbank). what the subject of the 15% withholding tax is not the interest income paid by Mitsubishi to Eximbank. and financed by the Japanese government. Since MCIAA is a government-owned or controlled corporation. a Japanese corporation licensed to engage in business in the Philippines. MACTAN CEBU INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITY V. by virtue of Section 234 of the Local Government Code. Issue and Ruling: 1. then it should be exempt from paying taxes on its loan thereon. Notes: Findings of fact of the Court of Tax Appeals are entitled to the highest respect and can only be disturbed on appeal if they are not supported by substantial evidence or if there is a showing of gross error or abuse on the part of the tax court. a domestic corporation.W/N the interest income from the loans extended to Atlas by Mitsubishi is excludible from gross income taxation. but the interest income earned by Mitsubishi from the loan to Atlas. YES. controlled. and financed by foreign governments Facts: Atlas Consolidated Mining andDevelopment Corporation. After making interest payments to Mitsubishi. MCIAA contests the assessment and claims exemption. Therefore. The grant of the privilege only in respect of this tax is conclusive proof of the legislative intent to make it a taxable person subject to all taxes. Altas claimed for tax credit with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue based on Section 29(b)(7)(A) of originated from Eximbank.W/N MCIAA is liable to pay taxes to the City of Cebu. with the corresponding 15% tax thereon remitted to the Government of the Philippines. except real property tax. MCIAA cannot claim that it was never a ³taxable person´ under its Charter. when the City of Cebu demanded payment for realty taxes on several parcels of land belonging to MCIAA. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. Laws granting exemption from tax are construed strictissimi juris against the taxpayer and liberally in favor of the taxing power. NO. and it is not exempt from the payment of taxes. 8. It was only exempted from the payment of real property taxes. . it does not come within the ambit of Section 29(b)(7)(A). its exemption from payment of property taxes granted by Section 14 of its charter has been withdrawn. entered into a Loan and Sales Contract with Mitsubishi Metal Corporation. a financing institution owned. It enjoyed the privilege of exemption from payment of taxes from the time of its creation until 1991. Mitsubishi secured the loan from Eximbank in its own independent capacity as a private entity and not as a conduit of Eximbank. Taxation is the rule and exemption is the exception. controlled.7. MISTUBISHI METAL CORPORATION (181 SCRA 214) Topic: Tax exemption²loan from financing institutions owned. To be able to extend the loan to Atlas. Thus.
9. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. Nevertheless. the rigid rule of construction does not apply because the practical effect of the exemption is merely to reduce the amount of money that has to be handled by the government in the course of its operations. Accordingly. Section 28. is contesting the tax assessment made upon it by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. acknowledging in its very nature no limits. Inc. citing Article VI. the law frowns against exemptions from taxation and statutes granting tax exemptions from taxation and statutes granting tax exemptions are thus construed strictissimi juris against the taxpayers and liberally in favor of the taxing authority. educational. However. tax statutes must be construed strictly against the government and liberally in favor of the taxpayer. so that security against its abuse is to be found only in the responsibility of the legislature which imposes the tax on the constituency who are to pay it.W/N YMCA is exempt from the payment of taxes. progress. paragraph 3 of the 1987 Constitution. or are the lifeblood of the nation. non-profit institution. The power to tax is the most effective instrument to raise needed revenues to finance and support myriad activities of local government units for the delivery of basic services essential to the promotion of the general welfare and the enhancement of peace. and prosperity of the people. which conducts various programs and activities that are beneficial to the public pursuant to its religious. Moreover. CA (298 SCRA 83) Topic: Tax exemption²charitable institutions Facts: Young Men¶s Christian Association of the Philippines. Thus.Notes: The power to tax.What is exempted by Article VI. and charitable objectives. a non-stock. Nothing can prevent Congress from decreeing that even instrumentalities or agencies of the government performing governmental functions may be subject to tax. NO. but not income . paragraph 3 of the 1987 Constitution is not the institution itself. as it mandates that the income of exempt organizations from any of their properties. Issue and Ruling: 1. (YMCA). MACAPAGAL TAXATION LAW DIGESTS FOR CASES SUGGESTED BY EXCELLENT 6 6 Since taxes are what we pay for civilized society. effective limitations thereon may be imposed by the people through their Constitutions. real or personal. if the grantee of the exemption is a political subdivision or instrumentality. the power to tax is an incident of sovereignty and is unlimited in its range. Section 27 of the National Internal Revenue Code expressly disallows the exemption claimed by YMCA.´ cannot be allowed to defeat an instrumentality or creation of the very entity which has the inherent power to wield it. YMCA is exempt from the payment of property tax. As a general rule. the exemption pertains only to property taxes. be subject to the tax imposed by the same Code. STEPHANIE LUZETTE M. Section 28. Taxation is a destructive power which interferes with personal property for the support of the government. which was called by Justice Marshall as the ³power to destroy.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE (177 SCRA 500) Topic: Tax on dividends remitted to foreign corporations Facts: Marubeni Corporation is a Japanese corporation licensed to engage in business in the Philippines. was made for purposes peculiarly germane to the conduct of the corporate affairs of Marubeni Corporation in Japan. 10. and another 15% profit remittance tax based on the remittable amount after the final 10% withholding tax were paid to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.Whether Marubeni Corporation is a resident or non-resident foreign corporation. but certainly not of the branch in the Philippines. The dividends received by Marubeni Corporation from Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. are not income arising from the business activity in which Marubeni Corporation is engaged. Notes: A claim of statutory exemption from taxation should be manifest. and unmistakable from the language of the law on which it is based. a 10% final dividend tax was withheld from it. it is taxed 35% of its gross income from all sources within the Philippines. 3. with respect to the transaction. of Manila were declared. The bare allegation alone that it is a non-stock. its domicile state. This 15% tax rate imposed on the dividends received under Section 24(b)(1)(iii) is easily within the . STEPHANIE LUZETTE M.When the profits on Marubeni¶s investments in Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. At what rate should Marubeni be taxed? 15%. Marubeni Corporation¶s head office in Japan is a separate and distinct income taxpayer from the branch in the Philippines.tax on the rentals from its property. a discounted rate of 15% is given to Marubeni Corporation on dividends received from Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. extends in favor of Marubeni Corporation a tax credit of not less than 20% of the dividends received. as amended. NO. now claims for a refund or tax credit for the amount which it has allegedly overpaid the BIR. on the condition that Japan. MACAPAGAL TAXATION LAW DIGESTS FOR CASES SUGGESTED BY EXCELLENT 7 7 Issues and Ruling: 1. However. are effectively connected with its conduct or business in the Philippines as to be considered branch profits subject to 15% profit remittance tax imposed under Section 24(b)(2) of the National Internal Revenue Code. only profits remitted abroad by a branch office to its head office which are effectively connected with its trade or business in the Philippines are subject to the 15% profit remittance tax. Pursuant to Section 24(b)(2) of the Tax Code. MARUBENI CORPORATION V. Accordingly. non-profit educational institution is insufficient to justify its exemption from the payment of income tax. as amended.W/N the dividends Marubeni Corporation received from Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. 2. Marubeni Corporation is a non-resident foreign corporation. The investment on Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. Marubeni Corp. The applicable provision of the Tax Code is Section 24(b)(1)(iii) in conjunction with the Philippine-Japan Tax Treaty of 1980. As a general rule. said dividends if remitted abroad are not considered branch profits for purposes of the 15% profit remittance tax imposed by Section 24(b)(2) of the Tax Code.
Ltd. It had been remitting 35% of its earnings to the Bureau of Internal Revenue when it claimed a tax refund. 11. Procter and Gamble Philippines failed to meet certain conditions necessary in order that the dividends received by the non-resident parent company in the US may be subject to the preferential 15% tax instead of 35%. as reflected in the phrase ³shall not exceed. among which are: (a) To show the actual amount credited by the US government against the income tax due from Procter and Gamble USA. stating that it was only liable for 15% withholding tax in accordance with Section 24(b)(1) of the Tax Code. is invoking the tax-sparing credit provision in Section 24(b) and is claiming a refund or tax credit of the 20 percentage-point portion of the 35 percentage-point whole tax on dividends that it had previously paid to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Under the Philippine-Japan Tax Convention. . WANDER PHILIPPINES (160 SCRA 573) Topic: Tax on dividends remitted to foreign corporations Facts: Wander Philippines. Issue and Ruling: 1. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. a Swiss corporation not engaged in trade or business in the Philippines. the 25% rate fixed is the maximum rate. The errors of certain administrative officers should never be allowed to jeopardize the government¶s financial position. a domestic corporation wholly owned by Procter and Gamble USA. (b) To present the income tax return of its mother company for the years the dividends were received. Notes: Each tax has a different tax basis. 369 and 778. 12. as amended by PresidentialDecree Nos.. COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. and (c) To submit any duly authenticated document showing that the US government credited the 20% tax deemed paid in the Philippines.´ This means that any tax imposable by the contracting state concerned should not exceed the 25% limitation and said rate would apply only if the tax imposed by our laws exceeds the same. PROCTER AND GAMBLE PHILIPPINE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION (160 SCRA 560) Topic: Tax on dividends remitted to foreign corporations Facts: Procter and Gamble Philippines. a domestic corporation. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Glaro S. and this is particularly true in matters involving taxation.A.maximum ceiling of 25% of the gross amount of the dividends as decreed in Article 10(2)(b) of the Tax Treaty.W/N Procter and Gamble Philippines is entitled to the preferential 15% tax rate on dividends declared and remitted to its parent corporation NO. Notes: The State can never be in estoppel.
a wholly owned subsidiary of Glaro.Wander is entitled to the tax refund. Thus. It then filed a claim with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue for a refund or tax credit. as amended by PresidentialDecree No. Notes: Domestic corporations which are wholly-owned by foreign corporations become the withholding agents of the government is not by choice but by compulsion under Section 53(b) of the National Internal Revenue Code. it should be deemed that the condition in Section 24(b)(1) of the Tax Code requiring at least 20% tax be credited by the foreign government is fully satisfied.Issues and Ruling: 1. first and foremost.W/NWander is the proper party to claim the tax refund. and (ii) the tax credit for the Philippine corporate income tax actually paid by P&G . COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE V. it allows a tax credit of both (i) the Philippine dividend tax actually withheld. YES. It is a device to insure the collection by the Philippine Government of taxes on incomes. principles STEPHANIE LUZETTE M. plus penalties consisting of surcharge and interest.Wander is the proper entity who should file for the refund or credit of overpaid withholding tax on dividends paid or remitted by Glaro. 369. the applicable rate of withholding tax on the dividends remitted was only 15%.´ applicable against the tax payable to the domiciliary country by the foreign stockholder corporation. and deducted 35% withholding tax at source. the former may be assessed for deficiency withholding tax at source. by aliens who are outside the taxing jurisdiction of the Court. As the Philippine counterpart.W/N Switzerland allows as tax credit the ³deemed paid´ 20% Philippine tax on such dividends. PROCTER AND GAMBLE PHILIPPINE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION (204 SCRA 377) Topic: Tax credits granted to foreign corporations by their home countries. YES. In fact. as a minimum. 13. Switzerland does not even impose any income tax on dividends received by Swiss corporations domiciled in foreign countries. 2. MACAPAGAL TAXATION LAW DIGESTS FOR CASES SUGGESTED BY EXCELLENT 9 9 Facts: Procter and Gamble Philippines declared dividends payable to its parent company and sole stockholder. Issues and Ruling: 1. Thus. P&G USA. claiming that pursuant to Section 24(b)(1) of the National Internal Revenue Code. YES. derived from sources in the Philippines.Wander is. The ordinary 35% tax rate applicable to dividend remittances to non-resident corporate stockholders of a Philippine corporation goes down to 15% if the country of domicile of the foreign stockholder corporation ³shall allow´ such foreign corporation a tax credit for ³taxes deemed paid in the Philippines. As a matter of fact. reach an amount equivalent to 20 percentage points which represents the difference between the regular 35% dividend tax rate and the preferred 15% tax rate. Since the US Congress desires to avoid or reduce double taxation of the same income stream. Such tax credit for ³taxes deemed paid in the Philippines´ must.W/N P&G Philippines is entitled to the refund or tax credit.
´ the Philippines. and established a treaty obligation on the part of the United States that it ³shall allow´ to a US parent corporation receiving dividends from its Philippine subsidiary ³a [tax] credit for the appropriate amount of taxes paid or accrued to the Philippines by the Philippine [subsidiary]. under the Philippines-United States Convention ³With Respect to Taxes on Income. would not benefit from the reduction of the Philippine dividend tax rate unless its home country gives it some relief from double taxation by allowing the investor additional tax credits which would be applicable against the tax payable to such home country. in the assumption that a positive incentive effect would thereby be felt by the investor. Section 24(b)(1) does not create a tax exemption nor does it provide a tax credit. he is the Government¶s agent. It only requires that the US ³shall allow´ P&G-USA a ³deemed paid´ tax credit in an amount equivalent to the 20 percentage points waived by the Philippines. the responsibility for the collection of the tax as well as the payment thereof is concentrated upon the person over whom the Government has jurisdiction. Notes: The law sets no condition for the personal liability of the withholding agent to attach.With regard to the filing of the necessary income tax return and the payment of the tax to the Government. The reason is to compel the withholding agent to withhold the tax under all circumstances. Accordingly Section 24(b)(1) of the NIRC requires the home or domiciliary country to give the investor corporation a ³deemed paid´ tax credit at least equal in amount to the 20 percentage points of dividend tax foregone by the Philippines. The NIRC does not require that the US tax law deem the parent corporation to have paid the 20 percentage points of dividend tax waived by the Philippines. Section 24(b)(1) of the NIRC seeks to promote the in-flow of foreign equity investment in the Philippines by reducing the tax cost of earning profits here and thereby increasing the net dividends remittable to the investor. An interpretation of a tax statute that produces a revenue flow for the government is not. by treaty commitment. The withholding agent is the agent of both the Government and the taxpayer.With respect to the collection and/or withholding of tax. . however. necessarily the correct reading of the statute.Philippines but ³deemed paid´ by P&G USA. for that reason alone. The foreign investor. Moreover. he is the agent of the taxpayer. reduced the regular rate of dividend tax to a maximum of 20% of the gross amount of dividends paid to US parent corporations. it is a provision which specifies when a particular (reduced) tax rate is legally applicable. In effect.
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