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Konti na lang kita babawasan pa? Gov. Jonvic Remulla urges gov’t: Don’t tax online sellers

Aug 24, 2020 @ 9:37

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla is calling on the national government to drop its plan to tax online sellers, saying they need encouragement instead of a new burden.

In an August 24 Facebook post, Remulla said online sellers— particularly those who only started selling products during the COVID-19 pandemic— are barely making a profit.

“I am asking the National Government to PLEASE consider delaying the taxation of online trading or selling. This is for the benefit of small business entrepreneurs,” he said.

“Rather than impose taxes, we should create programs, encourage and inspire people to shift to the new digital economy,” Remulla added.

The governor said the government should support online sellers so their business will grow. He said the issue of corruption in government should also be addressed first so taxpayers will find paying taxes worth their while.

“Let us give comfort to those who are striving to survive. They are not even asking for a dole out. These entrepreneurs are not depending on the SAP. They are just trying to make a living in order to provide for their families,” he said.

There is a pending bill in Congress proposing to impose taxes on the digital economy. If passed, the taxes will affect online selling sites like Lazada and Shopee.

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