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Fuel Tax Hike Only Applicable To New Stocks

The Department of Energy said on Tuesday that the second round of fuel excise will only be applicable to new fuel stocks, which are expected to retail starting January 15, 2019.

In a radio interview with Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella, he said”

“Iyung mga lumang hawakhawak na paninda, hindi naman iyan pinatawan ng excise tax so hindi dapat sisingilin ang ating mga kababayan.”

(Translated: The excise tax does not apply to old stocks so our consumers should not be charged higher rates.)

To ensure proper implementation of the tax increase, they will be putting a “point-to-point” monitoring system in place.

Fuentebella added:

“Kung medyo naagahan po ang singil nila, mas madali nating mahuhuli iyan

(Translated: If they charge it early, we will catch them easily.)

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion scheduled excise tax increases every year for 3 years starting Jan. 1, 2018, when duties were increased by ₱2.50 per liter for diesel,  ₱1 per kilo of LPG, and ₱2.65 per liter of regular and unleaded gasoline.

Diesel will be seeing an increase in excise taxes for the first time while the regular and unleaded gasoline will be seeing an increase for another time from ₱4.35 to ₱7.

Earlier this year, Economic Managers recommended to suspend the second tranche of fuel excise due to the runaway inflation that hovered to a 10-year high. However, it normalized and steadied at 6.7 percent in September and October, thus earning a go signal from President Rodrigo Duterte.


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