Tips para mapabilis ang filing ng ITR sa BIR

Every April, taxpayers and BIR offices are busy para sa filing ng income tax returns. Kung ikaw ay Filipino citizen living in the Philippines, receiving income from sources within or outside the Philippines, kailangan mong magfile ng income tax return.

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Ngayong taon, nirerequire ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) na online na ang filing of income tax returns. This can be done through the BIR e-services webpage at http://www.bir.gov.ph/index.php/eservices.html at the BIR website.

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Narito po ang ilang tips mula sa mga interview kay BIR Commissioner Kim Henares at Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe.

TIP 1 Know if you are REQUIRED TO do e-filing

Examples of those required to do e-filing are:

1. TOP Corporations;
2. Returns filed by professional tax practitioner (self-filing of SME with payment is exempted);
3. If you received a letter from BIR reminding you to e-file;
4. BIR accredited printers, LGUs, Cooperatives;
5. If you (individual or SME) have no payments or if you are filing for tax credit.

Note: If you file online (whether via online filing or via email), the BIR should send you:
1. an acknowledgement notice that they received your ITR ; and
2. a verification notice which you will receive in two hours.

If you still don’t get any VERIFICATION notice, it is better to file your ITR MANUALLY sa inyong RDO, and you have untill June 15 to complete and refile the requirements via e-filing (But dont wait at the last minute, refile ASAP).

Taxpayers are asked to email their returns and wait for BIR to notify them. May fine na P1,000 per each return at 25% na surcharge sa due na tax para sa mga hindi magfa-file ng tax returns online.

Kabilang sa exempted sa patakarang ito ay ang malalaking taxpayers covered by the electronic filing and payment system, at mga empleyadong ang mga returns ay filed by their employers.

Individual and Joint Tax Payers, Single Proprietors

TIP 2 – You can use printed 1701 forms (which you can get from your RDO) or use the downloaded OFFLINE eBIR forms. Kung hindi mo kabisado ang 1701, mas magandang mag-fill out nito MANUALLY since the OFFLINE eBIR form can be tricky to fill out. The advantage though of OFFLINE eBIR forms is that it calculates automatically how much you will pay.

TIP 3 – May challenge din i-print ang OFFLINE eBIR forms, so kung hindi ka techie, baka mafrustrate ka. Kaya use the printed forms na lang.

TIP 4 – If you have taxes to pay but wala ka pang complete supporting docs (ex. F/S and auditor’s report), you can still pay and file sa bank. But you still need to submit to the BIR, whether online or physically, the completed docs after April 15. Ang importante is to meet the deadline of filing and paying.

TIP 5 – If you have filled out the 1701 with complete documentary requirements (signed F/S and Auditor’s report) and you have paid sa bank, you DO NOT need to file again sa RDO or ONLINE. Bahala na dapat ang bank to send it to the BIR. The proof of payment is enough.

TIP 6 If you have no taxes to pay or you are claiming tax credit, you need proof that you have already filed. So you can file online or if may system error, the BIR now allows you na magfile sa RDO.

For corporations, partnerships, and non-individual taxpayers

TIP 7 If you are an SME and have payments to make, you are not required to file online. No need for verification anymore— just go to the bank and pay. You may give your ITR first (1702), but you still need to complete the documents and submit them within the prescribed period.

TIP 8 If you are an SME but without any tax payment, you need to file online. However, the BIR recently relaxed this rule. You have the option to file manually at your RDO, but YOU MUST REFILE online before June 15.

For more information, you may contact the BIR at the following details:
BIR CONTACT CENTER
981-8888
contact_us@cctr.bir.gov.ph
BIR National Office Bldg., BIR Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Trunkline: 9817000

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