- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the policy came from former BIR Kim Henares during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III
- He added that under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, they passed the tax exemption for those with income of P250,000 below under the Train law
- A memorandum by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) asking online sellers to register and pay taxes had created an uproar among netizens
Malacañang reminded the public that the policy on taxing online sellers started during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.
Amid the uproar on the memorandum by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) asking online sellers to register and pay taxes, Malacañang said the policy isn’t new. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the policy came from former BIR Kim Henares during the Aquino administration.
“Itong polisiya na ito hindi ito bago. Itong polisiya po na buwisan ang mga online sellers nagsimula pa po nung si Kim Henares ang BIR Commissioner sa panahon ni Presidente Noynoy Aquino, pinatutupad lang po natin ang instruction at isang batas na pinasimulan ni Presidente Noynoy Aquino,” Roque said.
Roque referred to Henares’ 2013 order that required registration and tax payments from “online business transactions, including online retailing through virtual shopping malls, online marketplaces, web stores, and similar websites or online stores.”
Roque said what’s new under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is the tax exemption given to those with income below P250,000 under the Train law.
“Ang bago po, ngayon lang po nagkaroon ng 0 percent income tax ang mga kumikita ng hanggang P250,000. ‘Yan po ay dahil sa Train na isinabatas as an administration-certified bill sa administrasyon ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte,” he added.
Several lawmakers have expressed their dissatisfaction over the recent BIR memorandum; saying online sellers should be supported not taxed.