Sotto wants public school teachers exempted from paying taxes
Published on: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Teachers gather students to their sections during the first day of classes at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City.
MANILA: Senate President Vicente Sotto III has filed a bill seeking to exempt public school teachers from paying income taxes, which he said is a gift for the teachers’ unconditional love and sacrifice in moulding the youth to be the future’s leaders.

Senate Bill 241 – an act providing tax relief to public school teachers by exempting them from income taxation, amending for the purpose Sections 22 and 24A of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended – seeks to exempt Teachers I, II and III from paying income tax.

“We recognise the inevitable fact that our teachers play a crucial and significant role. The future of our youth and nation lies in the nurturing hands of our teachers. We consider them as our modern day heroes,” Sotto said.

Reports had it that public school teachers are paid a minimum of P20,179, according to Salary Grade 11 of the third tranche of the Salary Standardisation Law (SSL) in 2018.

Sotto said he filed the bill because he wanted to improve the economic status of the teachers, who upon entry level, receive only a little higher than the minimum wage.

By lifting the burden of paying the income tax, Sotto said teachers are given what they rightfully deserve. He added that holiday pay, overtime pay, night shift differential and hazard pay received by Teachers I, II and III will not be taxable.

“This bill is in consonance with the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers which aimed to promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers, their living and working conditions, their terms of employment and career prospects,” he said.

Senators of the 18th Congress will work to increase the salary of public school teachers so they can be at par with their counterparts from neighbouring Asian countries, according to the Senate president.


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