Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) and their service providers must settle all their tax liabilities before resuming operations, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.
The Finance chief added that POGO’s service providers and licensees must also remit to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) their current 2020 withholding tax liabilities.
“In order for POGO service providers to be allowed to operate, they must pay their 2019 income tax liabilities, or in the case of POGO franchisees, the franchise tax of 2019,” said Dominguez.
These POGO entities “must also execute an undertaking to pay the BIR all their arrears,” he added.
“Once these are complied with, the BIR will issue a tax clearance to enable them to operate,” Dominguez stressed. The updating and settlement of all their tax liabilities, as certified by the BIR, is one the preconditions of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. for the partial resumption of POGO operations while parts of the country are still under enhanced or general community quarantine.