Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Income Taxation of Proprietary Educational Institutions

For tax income tax purposes, educational institutions are classified as follows:
  • Proprietary educational institution;
  • Non-stock, non-profit educational institution; or,
  • Government educational institution.

In this Article, let us uncover how a proprietary educational institution is being subjected to income tax.


Under the Tax Code, 'proprietary educational institution' is any private school maintained and administered by private individuals or groups with an issued permit to operate from the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), or the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), or the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), as the case may be, in accordance with existing laws and regulations.

Income tax rates

As a rule, it is subject to a special income tax rate of ten percent (10%) on their taxable income except on certain passive income. Notably, this is much lower than the regular corporate income tax rate of 30% of taxable net income. However, they must dedicate their operations to providing educational services because if they does not, then, they will cease to enjoy the benefit of 10%. If the gross income from unrelated trade, business or other activity exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the total gross income derived from all sources, they shall be taxed at 30% on the entire taxable income. 'Unrelated trade, business or other activity' means any trade, business or other activity, the conduct of which is not substantially related to the exercise or performance by such educational institution of its primary purpose or function.

Allowable deductions

It is allowed to claim from its gross income, allowable deductions in like manner as an ordinary taxpayer engaged in trade or business. In addition to the expenses allowable as deductions, it may at its option elect either:

(a) to deduct expenditures otherwise considered as capital outlays of depreciable assets incurred during the taxable year for the expansion of school facilities, or

(b) to deduct allowance for depreciation thereof.

In other words, capital outlays which would have been normally considered as an asset subject to depreciation maybe claimed by proprietary educational institutions as an outright deduction from its gross income.

Passive income

Finally, passive income of proprietary educational institutions is taxed in the same manner as ordinary corporations. Examples of passive income are interest income from Philippine bank deposits and royalties.


Tax Code of the Philippines

  • Section 27(B)
  • Section 34 (A)(2)

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alina said...

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Anonymous said...

I'm starting to put my tax brackets together now and looking for ways to reduce earned income. Good thing I can contribute to an IRA until April.

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