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New BIR chief plans lifestyle checks on social media influencers

The New BIR chief eyes on checking the lifestyle of social media influencers and other professionals to beef up collection amid the ballooning debt of the country.

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Based on the report of ABS-CBN News , the incoming Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner Lilia Guillermo urged social media influencers and other professionals to ‘register, issue receipts and pay their respective taxes.’

“Marami rin nakikitang citizens ang tataas ng lifestyle nila, yet kung compare mo taxes na binabayaran nila, ma-question mo rin: bakit ang dami mo properties? Display mo pa nga.”

>(A lot of citizens are seen with high lifestyles, but if you compare that to the taxes they pay, it makes you question: Why do you have so many properties? And they are even on display.)

Included in this lifestyle check are those among the ranks of the BIR itself. The incoming BIR chief clarified that there’s no need to add new taxes if the tax collection will be efficient.

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The reminder of the BIR for influencers and other professionals in the digital space to pay their taxes, started in 2020 when calls on Online Sellers to register their businesses and gave them until July 31, 2020, and the following week they’ve also reminded bloggers, filmmakers, content creators to register as a business entity.

Read: BIR outs Memo on Tax for Social Media Influencers

A new memo dated August 16, 2021, is issued as a reminder to BIR officers and to clarify the proper taxation for social media influencers.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar for Naomi Naomi says:

    What about junior kaya nyong singilin? I dont think so.

  2. Avatar for Irvin Ian Calo Irvin Ian Calo says:

    Oh yeah? Why don’t they do a lifestyle check of their own people first? See how a one peso gov’t monthly income can make a five peso purchase weekly.

  3. Avatar for Marbella Marbella says:

    Its unfortunate that even the vloggers are being targeted by BIR, no matter how succesful they are, since they are earning from a foreign (offshore) streaming
    service who already taxing them from their earnings, will be taxed again locally.
    Its kinda GREEDY in nature, (once a person is succesful you’ll be taxed and we
    are only after your money).

    If i were those popular vloggers, i will segregate their vlogs in into series or
    topics into multiple channels and MULTIPLE DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS where
    the owner the channel is the same person BUT their name and the account
    they use to signup in Google AdSense does not fall into the real OWNER
    (preferably name it after the people WHOM THE OWNER OF THE VLOGS
    trully trust specially with their financial assets) in that way the earnings they
    will get IN THOSE SEGREGATED VLOGS will not accumulate into a single
    account which the UNFAIR TAXATION SCHEME OF THE BIR will inflict more
    damage OR HIGHER DEDUCTION.

    SEGREGATE THE VLOGS INTO MULTIPLE CHANNEL where its EARNIGNS
    FALL INTO the SMALLEST TAXATION SCHEME OF THE BIR.. In that way
    they can maximize their earnings without the BIR being too GREEDY for
    MONEY to TAX them UNFARILY.

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