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 }

163 Comments on this Post

  1. It’s our lost if FB and twitter blocked zzz.. sad home base agent.

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  2. Fck The System

    Mamatay kayo mga potang inang kurakot sa BIR at ibat ibang Government agencies… Potek…

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  3. Daming tanga eh. APRIL FOOLS JOKE

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  4. Martin Banana

    April 1 — It’s an april fools joke

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  5. ????????????????????????????????????

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  6. Hasn’t it crossed your mind that they’re already paying taxes wherever they are based? If this happens, Aren’t you “double taxing” them?

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    • There is such a thing as double taxation if you want to Google that. The problem here is Facebook, Apple, and other big tech companies have their main tax base in Ireland, which has accommodating corporate tax laws. They ought to be taxed in the Philippines where they earn from ads they post that convince you and other Filipinos to buy stuff. And yet somehow, they manage to pay less tax or even declare a loss for FB Philippine operations because of services rendered to Facebook Ireland.

      So before people start complaining about losing access to Facebook and Twitter, people need to see the big picture about how these big corporations actually earn their money…. by avoiding paying tax where it is due, sadly through legal means.

  7. Ivan Toledo

    Election is coming. BIR needs more collection to fund national election especially PNOY Presidential Bet and his line ups.

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  8. That’s BULLSHIT! hahaha yung internet services nga di nyo magalaw galaw para bumilis naman ang connection
    tapos facebook at twitter papakialam nyo eh free na nga nilang pinapagamit sa mga tao yun nakakatulong pa sila sa iba kapag may calamity samantalang kayo lahat lang donation kinukurakot nyo lang.

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  9. Palibhasa kasi puro pera lang iniisip nyo wala kayong pake sa mga pilipino
    puro kayo mema
    mema sabi
    mema gawa
    etc.

    tinalo nyo pa yung developer libre binigay sa mga tao
    tapos kayo mag papabayad

    tindi mo bro :/
    tanga ka na nga
    tanga ka pa :/

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  10. I don’t wanna live in this country anymore.

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  11. ana santos

    So ano n to san n ang freedom of comminication ska democracy pg gnwa nila yan hndi blocking ang solution dyn mg isip ng way ng hndi mg reklamo ang pilipino s freedom ano n communist…??oa ng bir di lhat pde nilang gwing tanga malamng cla lang…

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  12. hello there

    Daming tanga. April fools na nga to, 2014 post pa. Pero nagpapaniwala parin.

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  13. Pag napatupad ho ung FILE nato… sinu po pwedeng bigyan ng ambag pambayad sa Riding in tandem na papatay sa kanila?? please PM me… Interesado ho akong magbayad… ung isang sweldo ko ipambabayad ko… staka mag ambag ambag tau.. baka hindi lang baril ung ma susupply natin kundi nuclear sa mga bahay nila… mga potang inang yan!

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  14. Dami talagang tanga dito makapag comment lang…lahat dapat nagbabayad n tax..at ang facebook twitter ay pineperahan lang kayo hnd nyio lang alam

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  15. Potek pnoy mga tao mo pagsabihan mo wag pahirapan mga mamayan zero vote yata hanap nyo potek talaga

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  16. Balatong

    Demonyo talaga tong babaeng ito pera lang nasa utak

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  17. Anti GOv.

    Hoi nga BIR kung wla kau magawa.. unahin nyo ang mag nanakaw sa luob mismo sa government nyo..
    ito lng nag bigay buhay sa amin tapos e block mo pa?.. mga putang ina kau. pinag pera2x nyo kami..
    ang lakas luob nyo ginawa.. wla kau hiya.. pati internet d2 pinaka laosi system pa sa lahat nang ASIA..

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  18. Lahat naman ng nakokolekta ng bir nakikita naman ahh.. Kita nyo ba ang pondo ng bayan nyo? sweldo ng public servants.. Trabaho ng BIR yan para sa pondo ng bayan.. Ang laki ng budget ang liit naman ng koleksyo.. Mas grabe ang kurapsyon sa Lokal.. ang BIR taga kolekta lang naman ng buwis para sa Pondo ng bayan.. d mabubuhay ang isang gobyerno kung walang BIR..

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  19. ahaha mga hindi nagbabasa ng ayos..APRIL 1, 2014 YUN OH! haha

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  20. alvin raymundo

    why do you want to hide the sentiments of the people…face the social media…

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  21. Grabe 4000 shares na yung sa Facebook. Tapos 2000+ ang comments… Sino ba kasi ang naghukay nitong link na ito 2014 ko pa ito nabasa tapos marami na rin naloko dati (April 2014) then ngayon marami pa rin. :(

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