Lower taxes on life insurance to boost microinsurance in the Philippines

Clients interested to access microinsurance services may now celebrate another legal development that allows for more affordable life insurance products with the recent signing of Republic Act (RA) 10001, which reduces taxes on life insurance premiums.

Under this new law, the tax rate for total premiums collected has been scaled down to 2% from the previous rate of 5% stated in Section 123 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. The new law also provides for a revised documentary stamp tax scheme.

“It is expected that life insurance companies will reflect such reductions in the premiums … after the law becomes applicable”, Philippine Life Insurance Association (PLIA) President Mabini L. Juan said. “RA 10001 becomes effective only after 15 days from publication and after the issuance by BIR of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)”, he added.

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