PAGCOR Required POGOs To Settle Taxes, Unpaid Liabilities
POGOs REQUIRED TO SETTLE TAXES – The Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOS) need to settle tax liabilities before being allowed operations.
Outrage sparked following reports that POGOs would be allowed to reopen. According to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), POGOs were part of the BPO, thus being allowed operations.
This was followed up by a statement from the IT and Business Processing Association that POGOs cannot be considered a part of the BPO industry.
Now, PAGCOR said that until POGOs settle their tax liabilities and regulatory fees with the government, they cannot reopen. According to a report from GMA, Senior Offshore Gaming Officer Diane Erica Jogno stated POGOs need a certificate of registration from the BIR.
Moreover, they are also required to present a document that states they do not have any outstanding tax liabilities as of March 2020.
Very strict po kami sa requirement na ito, na ma-settle po nila yung kanila pa pong remaining na unpaid taxes with BIR
Additionally, she said that POGOs are also required to update their payment of regulatory fees. Aside from this, they also needed to pay a guarantee fee for the month of April even if their were no POGO operations for that month.
Jogno also emphasized that she considered POGOs as a part of the Business Process Outsourcing Industry (BPO) due to supporting players outside of the country.
Meanwhile, PAGCOR Assistant Vice President Arnold Salvosa stated that POGOs are a revenue resource for the government. As such, PAGCOR’s chair Andrea Domingo highlighted that the reopening of POGOs are intended to help the government generate funds to fight COVID-19.
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