WHAT IS THE FIRB?
The Fiscal Incentives Review Board, or FIRB, is the interagency government body given the authority by the Philippine law to grant tax incentives to registered business enterprises. The FIRB has delegated to the country’s investment promotion agencies the grant of tax incentives for registered projects or activities with investment capital of one billion pesos (P1,000,000,000) and below. The FIRB also grants tax subsidies to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs).
WHAT ARE THE TAX INCENTIVES AVAILABLE?
Business enterprises registered with the investment promotion agencies (IPAs) may apply for incentives under the single menu provided under CREATE, which include the following:
- 4 to 7 years of income tax holiday (ITH)
- 10 years of special corporate income tax (SCIT) for export enterprises
- Enhanced deductions
- Customs duty exemption on importation
- Value-added tax (VAT) exemption on importation and VAT zero-rating on local purchases