Thought leadership

In this section you can browse through our publications and regularly updated materials intended to bring you useful information about emerging issues and possible solutions to your business needs. If you are a foreign investor interested to do business in the Philippines, you will find our business guides highly informative.

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Current issues

as easy as ABC

Can love be contracted? (as easy as ABC, 15 February 2015)

"Divorce", Philippine style — know what Chairman and Senior Partner Alex B. Cabrera has to say in this week's feature.

Accounting Buzz

Measurement of joint operations: Reading between the lines (Accounting Buzz)

The publication below walks through some common joint operations measurement issues, discussing the measurement approach(es) observed under this guidance.

Industry issues

The road ahead: Gaining momentum from energy transformation

This report looks at the overall trends that are shaping tomorrow’s market environment and the market designs and business models that might ensue. It looks at the disruptions affecting companies and introduces PwC’s Energy Transformation framework.

Client Advisory letter

Added de minimis benefits (CAL January 2015)

Updates, reiterations and clarifications on selected topics

Taxwise or Otherwise

Double taxation: same but different (Taxwise, 5 March 2015)

THE PHILIPPINES has the unfortunate reputation of imposing high tax rates, especially in comparison with our neighbors within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The 30% corporate income tax and 32% maximum income tax on individuals imposed under our National Internal Revenue Code (or Tax Code) are among the highest in the region.

Tax Alerts

Tax Alert No. 7 (24 February 2015)

Inaction of the CIR within 120 day period is already a denial of the refund claim, thus taxpayer must file an appeal within 30 days from the lapse of the 120-day waiting period.

Think Tank

PH to emerge as 20th largest economy in the world by 2050

Currently the 28th largest economy, the Philippines can become the 20th largest economy by 2050 in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) as rising costs cause off-shore jobs to move to cheaper countries.

Business guides

Finding your way: Doing business and investing in the Philippines (2013)

This guidebook will help you find easy answers to seemingly difficult questions on what to do under specific Philippine business conditions.

Explore opportunities: How to invest in the Philippines (2013)

This business guide aims to answer commonly-asked questions of prospective foreign investors interested in doing business in the Philippines.

More value for your business: Investment Incentives in the Philippines (2013)

These are basic and bite-size yet valuable information that will assist investors in deciding on which incentive option is best in starting and growing their business.

Explore opportunities: Investment Incentives in the Philippines (2013) Japanese



Client Advisory Letters

A publication about developments in Philippine taxation. It includes the latest BIR, legislative and admnistrative issuances. As well as court decisons and opinions.

Taxwise or Otherwise

Columns that discus the latest developments in tax, business law and current issues affecting the business community, including policy development.

2014 Tax calendar

This calendar has been prepared by Isla Lipana & Co. based on relevant laws, rules and regulations issued as of 30 November 2013 by various government agencies.

National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 (First edition, 2009)

A comprehensive and updated reference material to tax practitioners and tax administrators alike.

Consolidated Withholding Tax (CWT) and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) Regulations Handbook: Philippines 2006

Easy reference in determining the various withholding tax and FBT requirements.


Think Tank

PwC Think Tank provides expertise to the public and the private sectors, questioning and monitoring strategies and structures. Let us grow with you and work hand in hand as you build a more dynamic business or economy.

4th Global Portfolio and Programme Management Survey

Our 2014 Portfolio and Programme Management Global Survey received input from a record 3,025 people from 110 countries, providing a truly global view.

Special titles

Philippine Resiliency: A Gem Uncovered (2009)

Insights from top CEOs in the country

Delivering Trust and Quality

This book is a compilation of the partners' thought leadership in various subjects relevant to the practice today.