BIR to ax big-time online sellers

BIR to ax big-time online sellers

By Junex Doronio
August 20, 2022

Fits Small Business courtesy

MANILA — No worries for “small-time” online sellers as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has assured that it will only go after the “big-time” ones.

BIR Commissioner Lilia Guillermo gave the assurance and said that in the coming weeks, the agency will again begin to monitor those who sell online, particularly on shopping apps.

She disclosed that she has sought the help of Shopee and Lazada to help track the “big-time” online sellers.

“Medyo ngayon parang ayaw pa nila magbigay ng data sa amin, kasi privacy daw. But I think there’s no privacy law na inaano [violate] natin,” Guillermo admitted.

The BIR chief said the agency will hold a summit with Shopee and Lazada in September to discuss a possible partnership to determine the sales of sellers.

Guillermo expressed hopes that they may be able to tap into the online providers’ system. (ai/mtvn)

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