What is TRAIN?
Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion
The goal of the first package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) or TRAIN is to create a simpler, fair, and more efficient system, as per the constitution, where the rich will have a bigger contribution and the poor will benefit more from the government’s programs and services.
Simplifying the Estate and Donor's Tax
In the current system, the tax rates can reach up to 20% of the net estate value and up to 15% on net donations. TRAIN seeks to simplify this. Estate and donor’s tax will be lowered and harmonized so it does not matter if the person passed away, donated a property, or simply wants to transfer a property. This will result in loss revenues but the key here is to make the land market more efficient so that the land will go to its best use.
Estate Tax - Instead of having a complicated tax schedule with different rates, TRAIN reduces and restructures the estate tax to a low and single tax rate of 6% based on the net value of the estate with a standard deduction of P5 million and exemption for the first P10 million for the family home.
Donor Tax - TRAIN also simplifies the payment of donor’s taxes to a single tax rate of 6% of net donations is imposed for gifts above P250,000 yearly regardless of relationship to the donor.