BIR audit on big-time online sellers resumes

Louise Maureen Simeon – The Philippine Star

August 21, 2022 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will soon resume its monitoring of “big-time” online sellers to eventually collect taxes from them.

BIR commissioner Lilia Guillermo told reporters the agency would meet with Shopee and Lazada next month.

“As of now, they are still quite hesitant to provide us data due to privacy as they say. But for us, there’s nothing on that (privacy) that we are violating,” Guillermo said.

As to online influencers, particularly those earning huge amounts on YouTube, Guillermo said they would await the passage of the law on digital service providers, which is…