Update: Sulit, AyosDito, Ensogo, eBay to be sued for Tax Evasion

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Buy-and-sell websites such as Sulit, AyosDito, Ensogo and eBay Philippines are all liable for tax evasion, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

“We will file cases against sellers who fail to issue receipts and pay taxes, but we will also file cases against the websites which provide such service,” BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said as reported in InterAksyon.com.

Similar to mall operators, buy-and-sell websites offer commercial space for lease where businesses can offer their products and services online. The only difference is that these entities offer such services over the Internet.

According to BIR, it is the responsibility of website operators or owners to ensure that companies availing their commercial spaces online are BIR-registered tax payers. This is also stated in Revenue Regulation 12-2011.

“In the same way, if you operate a buy and sell website, you have to make sure that your members or subscribers are registered with us. These websites have to make sure that the sellers are issuing receipts, otherwise, they will also be held responsible,” Henares said.

“Their businesses should be registered to us, and they should be paying the corresponding taxes. Otherwise, we will run after them,” Henares added.

As of this writing, no further statement has been announced yet from the said local buy-and-sell websites.

– RJ David (Co-Founder of Sulit.com.ph) commented “Similar to what I mentioned before, the BIR has to invite all major online players and sit down to discuss this topic.”

Update:
– We’ve contacted Sulit, AyosDito, Ensogo and eBay Philippines for any comment (or violent reaction) about the story.
– Included RJ David’s comment.

Photo Credit: Malaya

Last modified: January 21, 2013

0 Responses to :
Update: Sulit, AyosDito, Ensogo, eBay to be sued for Tax Evasion

  1. pattie says:

    what if website is incorporated overseas?

    1. Abiel says:

      This is a tricky question… but if your customers are in the Ph, transaction are made in the Ph and the good end up in the Ph… then BIR may be able to go after the company even if it’s abroad.. that’s what happened with MegaUpload. US can go after Kim Dot Com, since customers are in the US, transaction is done in the US and the goods end up in the US…. even though the company is not based or even in the US. though I’m not sure if there’s a similar Law in the Philippines.

  2. TeeVee says:

    magaling mangolekta, mahina sa serbisyo, sana naman napupunta sa tama yang tax na kinokolekta nyo

  3. TeeVee says:

    magaling mangolekta, mahina sa serbisyo, sana naman napupunta sa tama yang tax na kinokolekta nyo

  4. Lannister says:

    BIR, you need to focus on bigger companies who evade taxes. the sites mentioned above are puny markets. Efforts concerted chasing after these sites and small time sellers will yield you only peanuts. We all know WHO you should go after.

  5. jsncruz says:

    Wow seriously? Sulit has been one of the best services to exist in this country in recent memory and now they’re liable for suit? Come on..

  6. kevsilog says:

    BIR, You have no power here! 😛

  7. arnoldgamboa says:

    Any source for this story?

    1. Abiel says:

      The source is from InterAksyon.com

  8. arnoldgamboa says:

    Any source for this story?

    1. Abiel says:

      The source is from InterAksyon.com

  9. Abet Servillon says:

    Ang problema sa Gobyerno, singil sila ng singil ng Tax, pero kulang na kulang naman ang programa para sa mga Tax payers! Nakakagago lang!

    1. TeeVee says:

      yung tax na nakokolekta napupunta sa pork barrel

  10. Ang problema sa Gobyerno, singil sila ng singil ng Tax, pero kulang na kulang naman ang programa para sa mga Tax payers! Nakakagago lang!

    1. TeeVee says:

      yung tax na nakokolekta napupunta sa pork barrel

  11. Abiel says:

    This is a tricky question… but if your customers are in the Ph, transaction are made in the Ph and the good end up in the Ph… then BIR may be able to go after the company even if it’s abroad.. that’s what happened with MegaUpload. US can go after Kim Dot Com, since customers are in the US, transaction is done in the US and the goods end up in the US…. even though the company is not based or even in the US. though I’m not sure if there’s a similar Law in the Philippines.

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