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Tax POGO bill deemed urgent

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a proposed measure seeking to improve the government’s tax collection on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO).

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the Palace was hopeful that Senate Bill 2232 would place gaming operators under the government’s watch.

“We hope that through this measure, we would not only generate the much needed revenues in the country, but also place the industry under stricter government oversight,” Roque said.

The measure seeks to address a number of ling ering issues on POGO taxation as licensees of gaming operations claimed they were not required to register and pay dues to the government.

The proposed bill also required all offshore gaming licensees, whether Philippine or foreign-based, to pay a five-percent gaming tax on the gross gaming revenues or receipts derived from their operations.

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