MANILA - The government will start collecting income taxes from foreign workers in Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) in July, the head of President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team said on Monday.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez estimated that the Bureau of Internal Revenue could collect at least P2 billion per month from at least 100,000 offshore gaming workers.
"We cannot believe some of the claims that the salaries are only $500 a month. Hindi naman ako maniniwala dyan (I don't believe that)," Dominguez said.
The Finance chief said there were ads in China saying offshore gaming workers in the Philippines get paid $10,000 a month.
Besides income taxes, POGO workers are also supposed to pay SSS, Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth contributions.
Most of the workers in the sector are foreigners from mainland China.