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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Your Balikbayan Box is TAX FREE - Here's What You Need To Know (With Tagalog)

The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.




The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege:
  • OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA
  • Filipino who has dual citizenship
  • Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad
  • Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months

The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of his/her passport (identity page).
A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

An Information Sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo. You can download it here.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of his/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of his/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of his/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.



To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of his/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions):

  • P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more
  • P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.

The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

So if you want to send your "balikbayan boxes" Tax Free,
  1. Prepare a copy of your passport
  2. Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box)
  3. Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000.
Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.
The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.

The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.



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