The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will be requiring online sellers on websites such as eBay.ph, sulit.com.ph, and ayosdito.ph to register first at the bureau and at the Department of Trade and Industry before they sell their wares, reports Interaksyon.com.

"We will file cases against sellers who fail to issue receipts and pay taxes, but we will also file cases against the websites which provide such service," BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares was quoted as saying, adding that operators of such websites can be likened to mall operators who lease commercial spaces to BIR-registered entrepreneurs.

"In the same way, if you operate a buy and sell website, you have to make sure that your members or subscribers are registered with us,” said Henares. “These websites have to make sure that the sellers are issuing receipts, otherwise, they will also be held responsible."

An online seller who failed to register under the BIR will be sued for tax evasion, along with the website operator, as the National Internal Revenue Code mandates sellers and service providers to issue receipts for transactions valued at P25 and above.

"It's just a matter of them following what the law provides, and us implementing what the law states," Henares said. "Their businesses should be registered to us, and they should be paying the corresponding taxes. Otherwise, we will run after them."

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