Senate resolution passed on the suspension of online sellers’ tax

Senate Resolution No. 453 filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros calls for the probe on the controversial BIR's Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 60-2020 released last June 10, 2020.

In a consultation with online sellers, Sen. Hontiveros cited that online sellers are willing to comply with such tax regulations given that they are clear, comprehensive, and unoppressive.

She said that the "ill-timed and insensitive" memorandum poses a threat to Filipino families who are trying to make ends meet in a time of a pandemic. "Our revenue policies should be responsive to the difficulties faced by many Filipinos during this pandemic,” she added.

The imposition of the said BIR circular would also expose individuals to COVID-19 with the need of sellers to apply physically in BIR offices. Sen. Hontiveros suggested the BIR should come up with digital platforms and other channels that would eliminate the need for individuals' personal appearance.

She also mentioned that a confusion of statements from the BIR and the DTI also adds up to the complexity of the measure. "The DTI has claimed that online sellers are exempt from tax registration, but the BIR said before the House of Representatives that all online sellers - no matter how big or small their income - must register”, she cited.

 

Sen. Hontiveros reported that 7.3-M Filipinos have been left jobless due to the pandemic and called for constructive action from the government such as protection and incentive for those who use e-commerce as their main source of income.

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