Written by Gloria Villas
Aetas in Boracay are now asking if members of indigenous groups are exempted from paying the taxes, an inquiry which the Bureau of Internal Revenue has clarified.
According to BIR Aklan Revenue District Officer Eralen De Aro, as long as there is an income, Aetas are not exempted rather they are obliged to pay the required taxes to the BIR.
De Aro however said that there is still no provision if indigenous people are not included in paying the taxes.
Meanwhile, the Revenue Officer was grateful that the issue on the Aetas’ right to pay taxes has been opened.
She added that the bureau will be reviewing the ordinances that cover employees and other tax payers.
Translated by: Shelah Casiano