Balikbayan Boxes Tax-free Starting August

Starting August 1, 2017, balikbayan boxes will be tax-free according to the Bureau of Customs.

Provided that all items do not exceed a total of P150,000, the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) qualified for the tax-free policy are the following:

  • Valid passport holders issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and certified by the Department of Labor and Employment or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for overseas employment purposes regardless of any profession
  • Non-resident Filipinos who have established permanent residency abroad but with Filipino citizenship
  • Resident Filipino citizens who temporarily stay abroad (including student visa, investors’ visa, and tourist visa holders)

To avail of the tax-free policy, interested OFWs will need to:

  • Provide a photocopy their Philippine passport
  • Present the invoice/receipt of the goods