Philippines: Tulfo asks BIR to focus on big-time tax evaders, spare small online businesses

Senator Raffy Tulfo urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to target major tax evaders instead of going after small online businesses and vloggers.

At an organizational meeting of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Tulfo claimed that he has heard complaints from online sellers and vloggers about BIR agents harassing them about their tax payments.

“These are the people who survived the pandemic. Dumiskarte lang sila para mabuhay (They are just resourceful in order to live),” Tulfo said.

The Senator also said that if the government is serious about taxation, BIR must concentrate on the “big fish” and not on small-time businesses, while the Bureau of Customs (BOC) should find oil traffickers.

Senator Nancy Binay requested the conviction rate for tax evaders and drug traffickers as well as detailed reports from the BOC and BIR that included the actual number of cases won.

Earlier, Tulfo also proposed legalizing imported second-hand garments (ukay-ukay) as a means to increase government funds. BKM/ Expat Media

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