The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ignored the Senate resolution that aims to extend the deadline for online sellers to register their business.

Senator Risa Hontiveros‘ resolution postpones the July 31 deadline to the end of the year so that online sellers will have more time to prepare and submit documents amid the COVID-19 crisis.

A BIR official, who declined to be named, said that Congress must come up with a measure to delay the deadline. “All tax laws emanate from Congress, and we just implement such laws,” he said, implying to ignore the request.

According to BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa, the agency plans to gather more data for future guidelines and policies through online business registration.

“We are now more than 100 million and we don’t have any idea how many are engaged in online distribution of goods and services,” Guballa added.

Earlier, several senators questioned BIR’s mandate for online sellers to register and tax their online businesses, tagging the move as heartless, insensitive, and ill-timed.

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