Manila RTC Judges Ask SC to Stop BIR Order

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Manila regional trial court (RTC) judges have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from implementing its order that imposed a 32 percent tax on the allowances, bonuses, compensation for services, and other fringe benefits of government workers, including those in the judiciary. They told the SC that BIRs Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 23-2014 that imposed the tax violated the fiscal autonomy of the judiciary under Sections 3 and 10 of Article VIII of the Constitution. The independence of the judiciary enshrined in the Constitution demands that said Memorandum should not apply to members of the judiciary, the judges who are members of the Regional Trial Court Judges Association of Manila (RTCJA-Manila), said. The judges pleaded for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO). Earlier, the SC had required Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares to comment on the petition filed by government workers through the Confederation of Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage) assailing the same RMC 23-2014. It is expected that the SC would also require Purisima and Henares to comment on the petition filed by RTCJA-Manila and consolidate the case filed by the judges with that lodged by Courage. …