THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) is appealing before the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to be lenient toward online businesses and even barter groups when it comes to collecting business taxes.
The appeal came in a resolution sponsored by PB Member Glenn Anthony Soco. He urged the two agencies to help small business owners to earn a living especially that the Covid-19 pandemic has gravely hurt the economy.
He noted that some of the Province’s constituency have opted to do business online after losing their jobs to the pandemic.
Soco said in his resolution: “From small-time homemade pastries, masks, disinfectants, ornamental plants, ready-to-wear apparel, dry goods, consumables and many more others are now being traded online. With this, those who are unemployed and are staying at home get to earn a few hundreds of pesos in a day. This sustains those who were displaced due to Covid-19 and an answered prayer for.”
In June, the BIR issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 60-2020 setting a July 31 deadline for all online sellers to register and pay their taxes.
The BIR’s RMC triggered a furor among small-time entrepreneurs and even from lawmakers who stated that the BIR is worsening the effects of the pandemic by putting more obligation on those already suffering from it.
But BIR eventually issued a clarification that only temporary online sellers are not required to register their business activities.
Soco said small business owners especially those operating online should be supported by the national government as they will help the local economy move forward.
“Support and encourage these small-time online entrepreneurial ventures instead of scaring them off with strong imposing remarks on their strict compliance with the law,” Soco added. (ANV)