That is what the Bureau of Internal Revenue Deputy Chief Arnell Guballa explained during an on-air televised radio interview this week aftet the government agency drew flak from netizens and senators after announcing its tax requirements for online sellers and freelancers.
“Kung talaga namang sobrang liit na alam mo na you are not habitually engaged, hindi naman siguro kailangan magrehistro ka kasi you cannot be considered as engaged in a business,” Guballa said in a radio interview.
“Actually, ang pakay talaga ng BIR dito sa yung itatax ang online, yung malalaking online companies like Amazon, Netflix, and Alibaba,” he added as he tried to convince the public that they are not after small-time online entrepreneurs.
He clarified that online sellers earning an annual net income of less than 250,000 will not be subject to tax collection.
Senators Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Risa Hontiveros all slammed the BIR over this issue and pressed them to go after POGOs who owed the government a hefty unpaid P50-B taxes.