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Philippines Imposes Idle Land Tax

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

24 December 2008


The Filipino National Economic and Development Authority announced on December 23 that the government plans to enforce a tax on idle land, not only to boost state revenues but also as part of a long-term initiative to boost national rice production levels and to encourage self-sufficiency in food production, particularly rice.

Although revenues generated by the new tax will primarily go to the State, in order to encourage municipalities to collect the tax the Authority also agreed to push for the amendment of Section 273 of the Local Government Code and Rule 11.3 of the Agricultural Fisheries Modernization Act. These amendments will allow local municipalities to benefit from the tax.

The Philippines government has already made rice lands protected areas, and it is expected that the government will push through further laws which tackle land reclassification, making it legally easier to convert land for rice production.


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