TRAIN revenues above target in 2018: finance dept

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2019 12:50 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2019 01:22 PM

MANILA -- Revenues from new duties under the first tranche of tax reforms exceeded the government's target in 2018, its first full year of implementation, a finance official said Wednesday.

Revenues generated from TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion reached P68.4 billion, compared to the target P63.3 billion, said Finance Asec. Tony Lambino.

Excise taxes on cars and tobacco, the documentary stamp tax and "curiously," personal income taxes led to the higher than forecast collections, Lambino told reporters.

"We were able to perform above target in terms of the TRAIN law," he said.

The TRAIN is the first package of the Duterte administration's tax reform program. It lowered personal income taxes but offset the losses by increasing duties on fuel, sweetened beverages, and vehicles.