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House backs off from text tax bill

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

Following persistent public protest, the House of Representatives is now retreating from its plan to impose a five-centavo tax on text messages two weeks after approving it for plenary voting on Sept. 8. The panel agreed to conduct more hearings and approved the motion of Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez [...]

House approves five-centavo tax on text

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

The Ways and Means committee of the House of Representatives approved last Tuesday a bill proposing to collect a five-centavo excise tax for every text message sent. Antique Rep. Exequiel Javier said the committee agreed to a proposed tax on text without the "no pass-on provision" being insisted by Ilocos Sur Rep.  [...]

Tax on text messaging scrapped

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

Malacanang has finally decided that it will not pursue a new tax on text messaging. The government was forced to abandon its plans to impose a tax on text messages due to an SMS revolt led by TxtPower yesterday. TxtPower called on all Filipino texters to send the text message, NO TO TEXT TAX! directly [...]

Trade Secretary proposes a tax on text messaging

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

Trade Secretary, Peter Favila has proposed adding a tax on text messages to help compensate income losses from proposals to end sales tax on oil products. Favila told GMANews in an interview that imposing a tax on SMS could make Filipinos shift their focus on endeavors that are more productive. "Texting is [...]


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TxtBuff News is a blog that covers topics related to text messaging, starting from GSM and SMS technology (e.g. USSD codes, frequency bands) up to its impact on culture, commerce, and government. TxtBuff News started in 2007 where text messaging was still rampant and famous characters like Ederlyn and Inday [...]

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