Palace clarifies taxing online sellers, other digital entrepreneurs

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has sought public understanding after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a memorandum ordering all online sellers to register their businesses to be tax compliant. 

According to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the national government is looking for ways to sustain its resources especially at this time of the pandemic.

Ang pinagkukunan lang naman natin ng pinanggagastos natin sa COVID-19 (response) ay ang pondo na pumapasok sa BIR at sa Customs so habang tumataas ang pangangailangan siempre hahanap at hahanap tayo ng paraan para ma-increase ang in-take ng taxes. Isa po ito sa pamamaraan,” Roque explained.

[One of our sources of fund for our COVID-19 response is the tax that is being remitted to the BIR and (the Bureau of) Customs. So, as the demand increases we need to find ways to increase our in-take of taxes as well.]

“Humihingi po ako ng pag-intindi sa publiko dahil kung wala naman po tayong kaban sa ating bayan, wala tayong mga ayuda. Wala tayong tulong na maibibigay habang nandito ang COVID-19,” he added.

[I appeal to the understanding of the public. Without our national treasury, we cannot provide relief assistance. We have nothing to help those in need at this time of COVID-19 (pandemic).]

To ease concerns, Roque clarifies that only those with annual net income of P250,000 will be required to register.

READ: BIR orders online sellers to register business, declare past transactions by July 31

The BIR issued on Wednesday (June 10) Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 60-2020 which orders digital entrepreneurs to register, declare past transactions and pay unpaid taxes until July 31. 

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