An Open Letter to BIR

(Photo Credit: guardianlv.com)
(Photo Credit: guardianlv.com)

Sa inyo Ma’am Kim Henares at sa BIR,

Because of the difficulty of getting a job and being underpaid most Filipinos decided to get hired online. Once you have the right skills and knowledge, you’ll get hired easily and also the pay is sometimes much higher than working in actual companies. I’m new to this industry and I also enjoy the perks of getting a high salary and working in the comfort of my home. But it also has downfalls.

Marami na pong mga Filipino ngayong nagtatrabaho online, hindi pa po ba pagkakataon ito na gawan na ng classification ang uri ng trabaho na mayroon kami?

For example, sa mga nagtatrabaho bilang online English tutors sa mga malalaking kompanya, every month po, may dinideduct na 10% sa suweldo namin which is sabi ng iba refundable daw. Pero pag mag-aapply ka naman ng refund ay napakahirap, lalo na kung hindi nagkakaintindihan ang kompanya at ang mga empleyado ninyo. Sayang po ang pera, puwede pa po itong idagdag pambayad sa tuition fee ng aming mga anak na nag-aaral.

Napakahirap din pong mag-apply ng TIN dahil kailangan pa naming mag-apply ng business permit dahil nasa ilalim kami ng kategoryang “Self Employed”, ngunit wala naman po doon ang “Online Freelancing”. Kailangan pa namin ng business permit para lang mapatunayan na pasok kami sa katergoyang iyon.

At ano? Magbabayad na naman kami ng additional fees? Hindi po ba dapat ay gawing mas madali dahil nga gusto din naming mag-apply ng TIN para makabayad ng buwis, buwis na saan pumupunta? Hindi para ibalik sa mga mamamayan kung hindi ay sa bulsa ng mga opisyal na nasa itaas na lalong yumayaman dahil sa kaban ng bayan.

Oo, malaki ang suweldo ng mga nagtatrabaho online. Pero mahirap din po dahil siyempre, hindi naman po kami mga empleyado, third party persons lang po kami. Wala po kaming benefits; SSS, PhilHealth, health cards. Ultimo pag-apply ng credit cards kahit singkwenta mil pa ang sweldo namin ay napakahirap din. Kahit po sana gawin ninyo na lang pong madali ang buhay namin.

Ngayon lang po ay nag-file ako ng ITR, gumising nang maaga, pumila para lang sabihan na hindi ako puwede sa branch na iyon dahil sa ibang branch ako nakapagfile dati at doon daw nakaregister iyong “business” ko. Ano po ang ipinapahiwatig ninyo? Na every year ay magpabalik- balik ako sa branch kung saan ako unang nagfile para lang maipasa ko ang ITR ko?

Mabuti na lang at wala akong penalties. Paano naman po iyong mga kasama ko na hindi makapag-apply ng TIN dahil sa hirap ng sistema ninyo? Magkano naman po ang babayaran nila?

Kami pong mga online workers ay nakakadagdag din ng kita sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas, sana po ay gawan ninyo rin ng paraan ang problema namin.

Sumasainyo,

Juana dela Cruz

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  2. That’s true. I’m a freelancer online and earning 7x the minimum wage earners do in one month but when I apply for a postpaid line man lang sa mga telco companies parang ang pulubi ng tingin nila sakin.

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