BIR running after Lazada, Shopee, not small online resellers

BIR running after Lazada, Shopee, not small online resellers

By Fernan Angeles

SMALL online resellers earning just enough to ease the adverse economic impact of the global pandemic should not worry because the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is actually looking at the big online resellers like Lazada and Shopee whose sales are well within the taxable bracket of the government.

The BIR on Wednesday clarified that the mandatory registration of online service providers is only for government database purposes, as it claimed that it is only aiming to tax big players in the industry.

BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa said small online retailers do not have to be wary of paying taxes, provided that they earn less than P250,000 a year from such services.

“Sa atin pong kababayan, nananawagan kami dito sa BIR na ‘wag kayong mag-alala kasi itong online registration, gusto lang ng BIR na makita ‘yung total population kung ilan na ‘yung nandito sa ganitong klaseng hanapbuhay,” he said during the Laging Handa virtual briefing.

Earlier this month, the BIR set a July 31 deadline for those engaged in online selling to register their business with the taxman, or else face the necessary fines.

Lawmakers have since called on the BIR to collect unpaid taxes of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) before taxing online sellers.

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