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April 01, 2014

BIR request to block Facebook, Twitter over tax issues

In another surprise move by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, a request was sent to the NTC and ISPs to block several international websites for failure to remit proper taxes from operating within the Philippine internet domain.

A copy of the letter was sent to the National Telecommunications Commission to demand ISPs to block access to certain social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter for failure to submit tax declarations from their operations in the Philippines.

Facebook and Twitter are among the top destinations of Filipinos with the country being dubbed as the social media capital of the world.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares estimates about Php350 million have been transacted thru Facebook and Twitter since 2009 when they became popular in the Philippines and started offering advertising.

The Bureau has been monitoring Facebook and Twitter for the last three fiscal years. It is within our authority to look into their operation and request the proper agencies like NTC to block them if they do not cooperate…“, Comm. Henares added.

The BIR has a target collection of Php1.46 Trillion for the year 2014 and it has already missed its targets in January. Seeking out new avenues to increase their collections has been a strategy of the bureau for the past couple of years.

The NTC has yet to act on the request of BIR. PLDT and Globe refused to comment on the matter.

{ Photo credit: ManilaTimes.net }

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73 Responses to “BIR request to block Facebook, Twitter over tax issues”

  1. OPLOK says:

    GAGO MATINDI TONG COMMISIONER NA TO AH. BLOCK MO RIN SIKAT NG AEAW!

  2. OPLOK says:

    KALA MO DI GUMAGAMIT NG FACEBOOK TONG KUMAG NA TO
    HOY JAN KA MAGALING…

  3. Windoors says:

    so you want to control the whole world

  4. AB says:

    Be Cool Guys! April Fools lang to kahapon…

  5. BOLSYET says:

    the internet doesnt have any boundaries or territories

    ang tanga naman nito grabe lahat na lang!

  6. its a part of game of the phillipine government

  7. I hate you says:

    Tsk.. Tsk.. So obsessed with money.. The government is really stinky than all of the garbage/poop in the sewers…(even this is an April fools day thing.. But still)

    SHIBA LUMA!!

  8. padrig says:

    wahahahahaaha 2011 pala FB nya dami nya utang sa FB pag siningil sya Mark!

  9. Fred says:

    Nice article for April Fools! Funny!!

  10. trish de leon says:

    Iclose na lang fb…dahilan pa yan ng kaliwaan e!

  11. Mark says:

    lol block kita sa FB ko, haha

  12. Jacki says:

    I visit day-to-day a few sites and websites to read content, however this blog presents
    feature based content.

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