The taxman cometh: Incoming BIR chief sets sights on online sellers, influencers

Incoming Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief Lilia Guillermo plans to use technology in going after online sellers and influencers remiss in paying taxes to the government.

Guillermo, currently Assistant Governor and Chief Information Officer at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, said she will look to the online space to collect more money as commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

“Yung sinasabi ninyong online, mga negosyo online, we will process big data using innovative solutions. Maraming nagsasabi na hindi nata-tax ang mga negosyo online, sa Facebook,” Guillermo said in an interview.

“Ia-analyze namin kung ilan ang followers niya, we can compute,” she added. “You should be paying taxes.”

The BIR has come out with orders for big-time online personalities to pay up. Last year, vlogger couple JaMill shut down their YouTube channel and sold off properties as they were reportedly being chased by tax authorities.

NGO blames drop in aquaculture production on PAP imports ban

Tugon Kabuhayan, a nongovernment organization advocating for food security and sustainable food production, has blamed the decline in aquaculture production in the second quarter on the import ban on processed animal proteins (PAPs) which was recently lifted by the Department of Agriculture.