BIR chief acts on VAT Zero-Rated issues of exporters

Commissioner Romeo D. Lumagui Jr. of the Bureau of Internal Revenue decided to amend certain provisions of existing revenue issuances pertaining to VAT Zero-Rated transactions by issuing Revenue Regulations No. 3 – 2023. The same was signed by Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno.

“With the issuance of this regulation, the BIR is optimistic that it will help the economy by attracting more investors who are willing to engage in business in the Philippines, adding to the list of our partners in nation building,” Commissioner Lumagui said.

As mentioned in the said regulations, local purchases of goods and local services such as janitorial; security; financial; consultancy; marketing and promotion; and services rendered for administrative operations such as Human Resources (HR), legal, and accounting shall not be considered as “directly and exclusively used” in the registered project or activity of a registered export enterprise.

“We are a fair agency. We honor VAT incentives. We run relentlessly against taxpayers involved in illicit activities such as those involved in ghost receipts / fake VAT transactions”, Lumagui said.

A separate revenue issuance will be issued by the BIR particularly in the audit procedures that will be conducted by its revenue officers.