SGV Tax Partner Cheryl Edeline C. Ong (CCO) was one of the panelists at the PEZA Industry Briefing: Updates on the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act on September 9, 2021. The virtual briefing, which was spearheaded by the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), in partnership with Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc., welcomed over 300 IBPAP member companies. PEZA Industry briefing panel with the SGV team The keynote speaker in the virtual briefing was PEZA Director General Charito Plaza focusing on the latest updates/developments surrounding the CREATE Act and the salient provisions of its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), particularly those which keenly interest BPOs and other firms, such as work-from-home policy and VAT zero-rating rules. In the ensuing panel discussion, CCO was one of the tax experts invited to share valuable insights. CCO shared her insights on VAT zero-rating rules affecting locator companies in the IT and BPO industries. She then discussed the concerns of most of the companies with the advent of the CREATE Act and its IRR, specifically the feasibility of optional VAT registration of entities enjoying five percent (5%) Gross Income Tax incentive, application of the cross-border doctrine for VAT purposes, and the improvement of the enhanced VAT refund system. Participation in the virtual briefing was coordinated by Logistics Industry Leader and Tax Principal Stephanie V. Nava (SVN) and Technology Industry Leader and Assurance Partner Manolito R. Elle (MRE). The briefing’s coordination and organizing team included Tax Senior Director Alden Patrick C. Labaguis, Tax Senior Associates Gracia Mae A. Beronilla and Roland Joseph C. Mendoza.