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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6450 - AN ACT EXEMPTING FROM CERTAIN TAXES THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGIONAL CENTER FOR GRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
provisions of existing laws to the contrary notwithstanding, the
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in
Agriculture (SEARCA), located at the Municipality of Los Bas,
Province of Laguna, shall be exempt from the payment of compensating
taxes, duties and fees provided under existing laws and regulations.
This exemption shall extend to goods imported or exported on a
non-commercial basis by the Regional Center exclusively in its name and
for its own use: provided, that such exemptions shall not apply to
articles which are subject to specific tax under Title IV of the
National Internal Revenue Code and articles which are subject to
percentage tax under Section one hundred eighty-four in relation to
Section one hundred ninety of the same Code, except motor vehicles
under Tariff Heading Numbered 87.02 A of Republic Act numbered One
thousand nine hundred thirty-seven acquired for the direct and
exclusive use of SEARCA and only in such number as shall be necessary,
economical and inexpensive: provided, however, that non-Filipino
citizens or non-resident aliens who are experts in their respective
fields and are serving in the staff of the Regional Center shall be
exempt from the payment of income tax on all salaries, wages or other
income derived solely and by reason of service under the Regional
Sec. 2. All gifts, bequests, donations and contributions which may be received by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture from any source duly acknowledged by an official receipt or any proper document issued by the University of the Philippines whatsoever, or which may be granted by this Center to any individual or non-profit organization for educational or scientific purposes, shall be exempt from the payment of the taxes imposed under Title III of the National Internal Revenue Code.
Sec. 3. Any person who fraudulently takes advantage of the provisions of this Act to avoid the payment of taxes, duties and fees imposed under any existing law, regulation, or ordinance shall be punished by a fine equivalent to ten times the amount of all taxes, duties and fees due but in no case less than ten thousand pesos: provided, that if the offender who committed the violation is an alien, he shall, after appropriate proceedings, be deported.
Sec. 4. The Secretary of Finance shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of this Act. These rules shall include that the Regional Center shall, whenever it makes any importation or exportation under this Act, inform the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs immediately thereafter, furnishing further the said Bureaus with a copy of any document covering the goods, indicating the quantity and the description thereof, also stating therein the probable use and disposition of said importation or exportation.
Any officer or employee of the Center who violates any rule or regulation promulgated by the Secretary of Finance shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten thousand pesos.
The Secretary of Finance shall render an annual report, which shall contain the amount of taxes, duties and fees waived, and the articles or goods imported or exported, and the use and disposition thereof, and the gifts, bequests, donations and contributions received or granted by the Center under this Act during the preceding fiscal year to both presiding officers of Congress not later than twenty days after the opening of each regular session.
Sec. 5. This Act shall be effective for a period of five years from its approval.
Approved: June 17, 1972