All You Need To Know About the BIR Memo for Online Sellers and Freelancers

By Lyza Paloma June 14th, 2020 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Travel Blog, Travel Blogging Tips 17 Comments

I remember way back 2011, my classmates and I had a thesis about Taxation on Online Shops as it was emerging back then. Because of the pandemic and stay or work from home policies, many online businesses are increasing – selling of food, goods, or services. The BIR has noticed and finally gave a memo about it. Here’s All You Need To Know about the BIR Memo for Online Sellers and Freelancers.

How Digital Nomads or Online Sellers Can register to BIR and Pay Taxes
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Taxation means “the power or means of the sovereign, through its law-making body, raises income to defray the necessary expenses of the government.” Dahil marami na tayong expenses due to the pandemic at dag-dag na utang sa World Bank, the BIR has looked for means to collect more internal revenue.  Since hindi sila pwede mag-increase ng taxes, nakita nila yung mga Online Sellers and Freelancers na patok ngayon. Honestly, I can’t really blame them as the country needs money and taxes; hopefully, this will not be pocketed by crocodiles and crooks but used for projects like improvement of Health System or for Education.

Who is the BIR Memo for?

The revenue memorandum circular no. 60-2020 is for the persons doing business and earning income in any manner or form. Specifically, those who are in digital transactions like mga Online Sellers or Resellers, Freelancers (like Online Teachers, Virtual Assistants, etc.), even payment gateways like GCash or DragonPay should pay taxes.

It has been in the law that anything you earn be it compensation and/or business is taxable. However, since wala naman stores or offices ang mga online sellers and freelancers, di yan makikita during tax mapping. Tax mapping, by the way, is yung pupunta mga taga-BIR sa lugar nyo at mag.inspect if nagcomply ba kayo, registered in BIR, updated ang books, atbp. Pag-alam ng tao pupunta ang BIR, marami ding nag-sisira na tindahan kasi malaki yung penalties if di-magcomply like PHP 10K or 20K.

BIR can’t really track down saan storage or bahay nyo unless isa-isahin nila yung pages sa Facebook at shops sa Shopee or Lazada. This is like a call to please register your business and pay taxes.

What do you need to do?

  • Register your business
  • Issue Sales Invoice or Official Receipts to clients or customers
  • Have Books of Accounts and records of your business transaction
  • Withhold taxes
  • File Tax Returns (Usually, yung binabayaran is the percentage and income tax which is filed every quarter and annually)
  • Pay Taxes on Time

BIR Registration Guidelines

  • First, you’ll need to have a TIN (Tax Identification Number)
  • If you already have one, you can register your business at the RDO (Regional District Office) kung saan yung physical shop nyo if wala kang physical shop, then yung saan ka nakatira or residence

Check this guide on how to Register in BIR and File Taxes in BIR.

Deadline

The deadline for registration and filing of taxes is July 31, 2020. If beyond that, you may face penalties … please note that the penalties for late filing is at least PHP 1,000 plus may interest or surcharge pa.

Additional Information

  • For Purely Self-Employed Individuals and/or Professionals with earnings that is less than PHP 3M – you can choose between Graduate Income Tax Rate or 8% IT Rate
  • Graduated income tax – uses the tax table. However, you will also pay 3% percentage tax on your gross receipts or sales quarterly

How Digital Nomads or Online Entrepreneurs can register to BIR and pay Taxes

  • For the 8% Flat Rate, you won’t need to file 3% percentage tax just the income tax, if you are a purely professional or business income earner (no compensation or sweldo), tax due is 8% of the excess of 250,000
  • (We’ll soon write an article on which is better Graduate or 8% Income Tax)
  • If you have net income below Php 250,000 per year (or PHP 20,8333 per month) – income tax payable is zero, so don’t be afraid to register
  • Filing and paying taxes is beneficial if you want to apply for visa applications as you will pass Proof of Income and Income Tax Returns
  • Kung young business mo is hingi pang.matagalan (yung a few months lang dahil sa quarantine), it’s better not to register especially if you don’t reach PHP 250K. Ang hirap ng business closure – fill-up ka sa form, submit you mo yung COR, book of accounts for 3 years, used and unused official receipts, etc.  Nakaka-loka yan kaysa opening ng business. Plus if di mo i.close, you need to file tax returns until you do. Kahit zero, file ka.
How Digital Nomads or Online Sellers Can register to BIR and Pay Taxes
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That’s what you need to know about the BIR Memo for Online Sellers and Freelancers. If you want to know how to register, you can read this article. You could also pay online and avoid queuing at banks through (read this.) If you have questions, feel free to ask me, I’ll try my best to answer your questions!

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Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.​

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17 thoughts on “All You Need To Know About the BIR Memo for Online Sellers and Freelancers

  1. Hi,
    I recently resigned from my company (july 2020) and planning to put up a store on lazada, at the same time be a part-time virtual assistant. What do I need to do to register? Should I update my status from employment to sole proprietor? do you use the same form for online selling and freelancer?

  2. Hi,
    I am an online seller with lazada and shopee and also sell wholesale to local stores. I have the required registrations and sales invoices…My question is according to 60-2020 we are required to send a sales invoice to every buyer…but I dont actually collect from the buyer as Lazada and shopee collect and then submit the payments to me….In the past I always just issued a cash invoice when I received the money from shopee or Lazada which comes every week.. Does the bir require us to send a cash sales invoice to each buyer? I am confused on how to proceed.

  3. if im selling my preloved items, you dont consider it as an income? do i still need to register? im just trying to declutter and expect return from it rather than throwing it away.

  4. Hello po mam. Ibig sabihin po okay lang kahit sa DTI po muna magparegister? Part time reseller lang din po kasi ako. Kahit hindi na po ba muna magparegister sa BIR? Kasi maliit lang din naman po onhand products ko. 10k lang paikot ikot lang din yung puhunan..

    1. if di ka mag push through sa BIR, wag nalang din sa DTI. DTI is for name ng business only, you’ll have a penalty from BIR if you don’t register a month after your DTI registration.

          1. sa no. of days po ba na na-late naka-based ang computation non? natatagalan po kasi yung pagtransfer ng RDO kaya aabutan na ko ng 30 days since i registered sa dti 🙁 thank you po for answering 🙂

  5. I’m planning to sell online, (resell Lang) since I’m currently unemployed. I’m not sure if I should register since I’m also not sure for how long I’ll do the business. Can I not yet register (I haven’t started anything yet), and register nalang after a few months, like when there’s already cashflow?

    1. you can do so, it’s better to register when you are sure since the closing of business is more tricky than opening.

  6. Hello Ma’am, I’d like to ask. Nakapag register na po ako sa DTI for Business Name yet noe, I have no plans on registering sa BIR. Magkakapenalty pa rin po ba ako because I registered at DTI and did not proceed to BIR? Once po ba nagkapagregister sa DTI required na talaga ipagpatuloy sa BIR? Part-time online seller lang po bc my husband has no permanent job due to pandemic.

    1. Hindi naman, yung sa DTI kasi sa business name lang po yan and requirement ng sya ng BIR and Mayor’s Permit. You can stop there po, pero if gusto nyong i register sa BIR make sure within one-month from registration para wala kayong penalty.

  7. Hello maam lyza, read your article.
    My concern po ay should i still file and or register to a BIR.?? Even if my online bussiness is just part time because im employed in a manufacturing.
    I dont have physical store just herw in our house. My items is just limited and wont even reach to 6k above
    😥😥
    Do i need to file BIR???
    Btw, i have already file DTi permit for business name.

    1. Hello mam, if it’s part-time and you won’t be doing it for long, no need to register po as it doesn’t exceed per year 250K din.
      No need din po yung DTI because it’s for trade name purposes and a pre-requisite sa mayors permit at BIR.
      Plus if you register with an expired DTI permit mag-kaka-penalty ka nyan.

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends.

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