After Congress approved a bill imposing taxes on digital services, Shopee sellers received a notification that the eCommerce platform will impose a 2% fee for every successful transaction effective today.
The additional fee would mean that sellers will have to carry the burden of the additional taxes Congress plans to impose. For the proposed 12% VAT, Shopee will shoulder the 10% while sellers will shoulder the 2%.
Shopee sellers shared their sentiments about this over at Twitter, expressing their dismay over the additional charges.
starting aug 1, shopee will increase transaction fee from 1.5% to 2%.
tapos add vat pa na 12%
you should give us sellers a better service since u are taking so much from us !! puro penalties pa ang sellers@ShopeePH
— cdlgo (@cdlgoshopee) July 31, 2020
Why do they need to put additional 12% VAT on online transactions where in fact, there's already an existing VAT in Lazada and shopee. That's fucking non sense. Edi pupunta na lang ako sa physical store when i have errands sa mall. nyeta.
— RestoRant (@RantResto) July 29, 2020
Hypothetically, madali mo lang naman maiiwasan yung 12% VAT kung bibili ng basic commodities sa Lazada o Shopee.
Huwag mo na lang paabutin ng 10k ang total amount (like gawing 2 transactions na tig-5k).
—Pero kung single item na 10k+ ang presyo, luho na yan hindi basic commodity.
— KHAYRI R.R. WOULFE (@KhayriRRW) July 31, 2020
Other sellers report that Lazada will be implementing the same additional charges, though Lazada has yet to give a statement about it.