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Film council can keep amusement tax collected before Oct. 2019

Philippine News Agency — 10.12.2020

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has clarified its earlier decision disallowing the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) from collecting and giving film amusement taxes as incentives to makers of certain “graded” movies.

In a resolution dated Nov. 3 penned by Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe and made available Thursday, the SC en banc clarified that the FDCP is “not required to return to the LGUs (local government units) all remittances already received by it from proprietors, operators or lessees of theaters or cinemas pursuant to its implementation of Sections 13 and 14 of RA (Republic Act) 9167 from the effectivity of RA 9167 up until October 15, 2019” when the court’s ruling on the case became final.

Under the original ruling of the court, Filipino films Graded A and B by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) will no longer be awarded amusement tax privileges by FDCP.

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