BIR Should Prioritize Collecting POGO’s Unpaid Tax Before Online Sellers – Jennylyn Mercado
JENNYLYN MERCADO – Kapuso actress and businesswoman Jennylyn Mercado appealed to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to prioritize taxing the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) before the online sellers.
On Wednesday, June 10, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) announced that the online sellers are now required to register and pay their taxes following the booming of e-commerce amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It also includes “other stakeholders involved such as payment gateways, delivery channels, internet service providers, and other facilitators.” The agency encourages the sellers to “voluntarily declare their past transactions.”
Online businesses boom after several establishments closed down due to the pandemic. Last month, the government allowed the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) to reopen. Lots of people complained after the government allowed the gambling operators to reopen ahead of the establishments in the country.
Recently, Kapuso actress Jennylyn Mercado expressed her opinion regarding BIR’s order of online sellers to pay their taxes and register. On her Facebook post last June 11, she said she hoped that the government would ask POGO for their unpaid taxes before the online sellers.
The 33-year-old actress also asked the government to arrest illegal POGO operators in the country. He appealed to the government to spare the online sellers because they are just trying to make some money amid the pandemic.
“Huwag naman muna sana ang mga Pinoy na nakahanap ng paraan upang kumita ngayong Pandemya… Kaya Magtulungan tayo. Always remember to support local!,” she wrote.
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