July 11, 2022
Lapid awaits implementation of RA 9999 giving lawyers tax deductions in exchange for free legal services
Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid looks forward to the enactment of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to Republic Act No. 9999, or the Free Legal Assistance Act of 2010, providing attorneys with tax deductions for the provision of legal services to poor clients.
In a July 11 letter to Commissioner Lilia Guillermo, Lapid requested prioritization of implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) for Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) RA No. 9999.
Republic Act No. 9999, also known as the Free Legal Aid Act, was signed into law during the tenure of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2010, however, has not been implemented.
“However, 12 years after the law was signed, the law remains unenforced, primarily because the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has not yet promulgated the necessary implementing rules and regulations (IRRs). The law provides that it should have been published 90 days from the date of its coming into force,” Lapid said.
Republic Act No. 9999 is intended to encourage attorneys and professional firms to provide genuine free legal services to the poor to help decongest the workload of the prosecution, and ensures that anyone who cannot s offering the services of a lawyer benefits from competent and independent advice, preferably of his own choosing.
“Layunin ng batas na ito na makapagbigay ng libreng serbisyong legal sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan noto.