BIR collects 44.6 billion pesos from online retail sales and content creators in 2021

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it had collected 44.6 billion pesos in taxes from online content creators and retail sales by the end of 2021, the BIR deputy commissioner said , Larry M. Barcelo, during a presentation at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing. .

“As early as 2013, the BIR issued a revenue circular reiterating taxpayer obligations for online business transactions,” said Barcelo, who heads the office’s legal department.

Obligations include “registration, maintenance of books of account, invoices, receipts, Iffiling tax returns and paying taxes,” he added.

Other circulars outlined rules for registering businesses online and filing and paying taxes, he added.

Mr. Barcelo said that 43 tax treaties currently govern the tax treatment of Philippine operations of non-resident foreign companies.

During the hearing, House Ways and Means Chairman and Albay Rep. Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda pushed the BIR to oFopen an online portal to make it easier for Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) to apply for taxpayer identificationIfCation number (TIN).

“The committee wishes to solicit BIR dispatch or action on the online portal for OFW TIN application and issuance,” Mr. Salceda said. “Even the PSA can issue a birth certificateIflive chat. This is even more critical (than the TIN).

“We will consider the digital portal for OFWs. This will be part of our digital transformation program,” Mr. Barcelo said. — Emerald Jasper G. Tan

Anne G. Cash