BIR refuses to be lenient with business registration

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THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Cebu called for the registration of businesses whether online, barter or traditional, to support the government in terms of taxes for the country’s Covid-19 response.

BIR 13 Director Eduardo Pagulayan told SunStar Cebu that registration is important especially in monitoring the growth of businesses.

This, as the Cebu Provincial Board 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 the collecting of business taxes.

Pagulayan said: “We need taxes to support our government. Taxes, being the lifeblood of our nation. Our Tax Code provides for instances when a person may not pay taxes even if he is engaged in business or is earning income, such as if a person has an income of P250,000 in one year where he is exempt from paying income tax.”

He stressed that registration is a necessity they have to implement.

He said: “Registration with the BIR before engaging in business whether online, barter or traditional, is a necessity and we cannot be lenient on this. We can be lenient with the requirements for registration but we cannot be lenient by condoning non-registration of business.”

Pagulayan added that registration is an important aspect of monitoring taxpayers for a better tax administration.

He said: “As good citizens of the Philippines, let us show our patriotism by paying taxes if taxes are due from us. We are always ready to serve and assist our taxpayers in registering their business during this pandemic.”

With travel restrictions imposed to prevent Covid-19 transmission, Pagulayan assured taxpayers can still be served and assisted through email or by phone, as posted in the different revenue district offices covering their respective areas of jurisdiction. (JOB)