Senator Tolentino wants reasonable deduction in tax payment during COVID-19 pandemic


Senator Francis Tolentino is planning to propose that additional expenses incurred by work-from-home employees, particularly on electricity consumption be considered as deductible expense in tax payment.

Tolentino expressed this plan during the hearing of the Committee on Energy on the electric power industry amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Ito pong ginastos ng ating mga nagtatrabaho sa bahay, pwedeng ikarga bilang deductible expense sa pagbabayad ng buwis dahil po nabawasan ang gastos ng kanilang pinapasukan,” said Tolentino.

“Hindi na sila nagtatrabaho doon sa opisina nila, hindi kumo-konsumo ng aircon at kuryente. Dahil nagtatrabaho sila sa bahay, nadagdagan ang kanilang gastusin sa kuryente,” he added.

Senator Tolentino said that he and Energy Committee chairman Senator Sherwin Gatchalian will file a bill seeking to amend the National Internal Revenue Code to provide a reasonable deduction on gross income of any taxpayer who has incurred additional electricity consumption while working at home.

“Because he was able to produce something for the government office or for a private employer, he is entitled to some tax relief,” Tolentino said.