Students to Save P710 a Month if VAT is Scrapped


A youth group revealed that an average college student would save at least P710 ($15.805) every month if the value-added tax (VAT) on products and services were scrapped.

BULATLAT
Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008

A youth group revealed that an average college student would save at least P710 ($15.669 at an exchange rate of $1=P45.31) every month if the value-added tax (VAT) on products and services was scrapped.The Youth for Accountability and Truth Now! (Youth ACT Now!) recently launched its nationwide campaign for the removal of 12 percent VAT on basic consumer goods. Entitled ‘SUMA-TOTAL: Do the VAT Math’, Youth Act Now aims to “reach out to the broadest spectrum of the youth sector to explain how the VAT burden affects them. ’In a statement, the group said, “To justify continuous VAT collections despite growing public outrage, [Mrs. Gloria Macapagal] Arroyo attributed infrastructure investments, government subsidies and economic programs to revenues acquired through VAT collections. We beg to disagree.” Alvin Peters, Youth ACT Now! spokesperson maintained that VAT impositions on power and petroleum products as well as the 12 percent mandatory VAT collection on almost all consumer products are a burden to Filipinos. Peters presented their group’s computations.

Items

Monthly basic expenses

12% VAT

Food/ 3 Meals [P150/day]

P4,500

P540

Cellphone Load

1,000

120

School Supplies

294

35.28

Ballpen [P6 each, 4 pcs]

24

Notebook [P30 each, 3 pcs]

90

Yellow pad

40

Folder, envelope [P15/set, 4x/mo.]

60

Bond paper [P20/pack, 4x/mo.]

80

Toiletries

107

12.84

Soap

22

Shampoo

38

Toothpaste

27

Toothbrush

20

TOTAL

P5,901

P708.12

Peters said that the P708.12 ($15.628) VAT collected from an average college student per month is equivalent to food for five days, school supplies for two additional months, toiletries good for six more months, two weeks’ worth of transport fare, a book, or more funds for photocopying needs and almost half of a month’s cost of bed space/boarding house rentals.

He said that the amount excludes indirect VAT passed on to students through transport fare, printing, internet and boarding house rentals. He said that the VAT on oil and electricity are passed on to students who avail of these products and services.

Youth ACT Now’s SUMA-TOTAL campaign is spearheaded by the alliance’s member organizations namely, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Kabataang Pinoy, Student Christian Movement (SCM), Liga ng Kabataang Moro, Youth Revolt, Anakbayan and League of Filipino Students (LFS). Bulatlat

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