How Filipino Digital Nomads or Online Sellers Can Register to BIR and Pay Taxes

By Lyza Paloma April 14th, 2020 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Travel Blog, Travel Blogging Tips No comments

If you are a digital nomad or have Online Business and earn income in the Philippines, you can pay taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. First, you’ll need to register and have your TIN (Tax Identification Number). Then track your earnings and expenses and pay your taxes. Here’s a guide on how Digital Nomads or Online Sellers can register to BIR and pay Taxes.

How Digital Nomads or Online Sellers Can register to BIR and Pay Taxes
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We’ll just discuss purely on Self-Employed or a Single Proprietor as well as Income Taxes and Percentage Tax. You can register, file them online, and pay taxes yourself. We will teach you how!

How to Register for a TIN and the Business

Documents Needed

  • BIR Form 1901
    How to get a BIR TIN Number and ID
  • Copy of Mayor’s Business Permit (if still in process – received application), Professional/Occupational Tax Receipt (for professionals), or DTI Certificate
  • Annual Registration Fee (BIR Form 0605) – PHP 500.00
  • BIR Form No. 1906
    How to get a BIR TIN Number and ID1
  • Final and Clear sample of your receipts or invoices (How your invoices or receipts will look like)

How to Register at BIR

STEP 1: Fill up the BIR Forms.

STEP 2: Go to the BIR Regional District Office, where you are based, and submit the documents to the New Business Registrant Counter.

STEP 3: Pay the Annual Registration Fee (PHP 500.00) and the BIR Printed Receipt or Invoice if you want to use it.

STEP 4: Wait for your BIR FORM 2303 (Certificate of Registration) and also your “Ask for Receipt” Notice, ATP (Authority to Print – for your receipts), and eReceipt of your payment.

STEP 5: Attend a Taxpayer’s Seminar.

How to Pay for your Taxes

If you are doing this on your own, you might need an eBIRForm Application; you can download the latest version here. Download the Offline eBIRForms Package.

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

Install by extracting the zip and running Offline eBIRForms Package v??? setup.exe.

How to pay Quarterly Percentage Tax

Quarterly Percentage Tax is 3% of your Total Gross Revenue or Sales for each Quarter.

Deadline is 25th after each taxable Quarter

  • January to March – April 25
  • April to June – July 25
  • July to September – October 25
  • October to December – January 25 of the next year

STEP 1: Compute the total Gross Revenue or Sales for the Quarter. It’s how much you have earned without deducting expenses. Example if you earned January 10,000 + February 15,000 + March 25,000 = Gross for the Quarter is 50,000

STEP 2: Open the eBIRForms.exe.

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STEP 3: Enter your TIN and Profile.

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STEP 4: Choose BIR Form 2551Qv2018 – Quarterly Percentage Tax Return. Click Fill-up.

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STEP 5: Enter details in your tax return

  • Year Ended
  • Quarter
  • Graduated Income Tax or 8%, the choice is usually Graduated Income Tax

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STEP 6: Go to page 2 and type the details asked.

  • Under ATC, the usual is PT 010
  • Enter the Taxable Amount which is the Total Gross for the Quarter
  • Your tax due will automatically be computed

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STEP 7: Validate your return to check if there are any mistakes or fields you have not yet filled up. Click Submit / Final Copy.

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STEP 8: Print 3 copies of your 2551Q, go to your e-mail, and print the BIR Confirmation as well.

STEP 9: Pay your tax at an AAB (Authorized Agent Bank), online, or Revenue Collection Office.

STEP 10: After paying, file your returns at the Regional Collection Office or the RDO.

How to pay Quarterly Income Tax

Quarterly Income Tax is a tax on your net income – Gross Revenue or Sales less Expenses (Cost of Sales or Services and Deductions) = Net Income

Here are the deadlines:

  • 1st Quarter On or before May 15 of the current taxable year
  • 2nd Quarter On or before August 15 of the current taxable year
  • 3rd Quarter On or before November 15 of the current taxable year
  • For the 4th Quarter, you’ll need to use the Annual Income Tax form

STEP 1: Compute the total Gross Revenue or Sales for the Quarter. It’s how much you have earned without deducting expenses. Example if you earned January 10,000 + February 15,000 + March 25,000 = Gross for the Quarter is 50,000.

Total your Cost of Sales or Services. Usually, this is Inventory Beginning + Purchases – Inventory End. For example, it’s 0 + 30,000 – 8,000 = 22,000. Not available if you are using OSD.

For Allowable deductions, you can choose between OSD (40%) which is 40% of your Gross Sales or Services (e.g. 50,000 x 40% = 20,000.) Or Itemized deductions (you need to check the list) – e.g. Light and Power for the Quarter is 5,000 + Taxes Paid is 1,500 + Supplies 500 + Communication Expense 1,000 + Contributions 2,500 = 10,500

STEP 2: Open the eBIRForms.exe

STEP 3: Enter your TIN, your profile will automatically be shown.

STEP 4: Choose BIR Form 1701Qv2018 – Quarterly Income Tax Return for Self Employed Individuals

How Digital Nomads or Online Entrepreneurs can register to BIR and pay Taxes 07STEP 5: Enter details in your tax return

  • Year Ended
  • Quarter
  • Taxpayer type
  • ATC
  • Date of Birth
  • Citizenship
  • Tax Rate
  • Method of Deduction

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STEP 6: Go to page 2 and type the details asked.

  • Sales / Revenues
  • Cost of Sales and Allowable Itemized Deductions or OSD
  • Taxable Income or Loss for the Previous Quarter (usually if you are on the 2nd or 3rd Q, it’s in #45 of your last return)
  • Your tax due will automatically be computed – It’s usually zero if your taxable income is less than 250,000

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(For the 2nd quarter, you’ll put PHP 17,500 in #42 to get the taxable income to date. In the 3rd quarter, you’ll put what’s in #45 in the 2nd quarter’s return.)

STEP 7: Validate your return to check if there are any mistakes or fields you have not yet filled up. Click Submit / Final Copy.

STEP 8: Print 3 copies of your 2551Q if you have tax due if zero only if one copy, go to your e-mail, and print the BIR Confirmation as well.

If you don’t have tax payment, no need to do steps 9 and 10.

STEP 9: Pay your tax at an AAB (Authorized Agent Bank), online, or Revenue Collection Office.

STEP 10: After paying, file your returns at the Regional Collection Office or the RDO.

How to pay Annual Income Tax

Annual Income Tax is your total taxable income for the year.

The deadline is usually April 15 of the next year.

STEP 1: Compute the total Sales or Revenues and Expenses for the year.

STEP 2: Open the eBIRForms.exe

STEP 3: Enter your TIN, your profile will automatically be shown.

STEP 4: Choose BIR Form 1701v2018 – Annual Income Tax Return (NEW)

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  • Year Ended
  • Taxpayer type
  • ATC
  • Date of Birth
  • Citizenship
  • Civil Status
  • Tax Rate
  • Method of Deduction

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STEP 6: Go to page 2 and type the details asked.

  • Sales / Revenues
  • Sakes Returns
  • Cost of Sales
  • If it’s OSD, it will automatically be computed – proceed to STEP 8
  • If it’s Itemized Deduction – read next step

STEP 7: Go to page 3 and enter.

  • Enter the deductions on Schedule 4

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STEP 8: Go to page 4 and enter your Net Income or Loss

STEP 9: You will see the tax due on page 2.  Validate your return to check if there are any mistakes or fields you have not yet filled up.

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STEP 10: Click Submit / Final Copy.

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STEP 11: You can print 3 copies of your 1701 and the e-mail from the BIR. You will also need to submit your financial statements if you availed of the Allowable Itemized Deductions, no need for this if you used OSD. Print also a Statement of Annual Management Responsibility.

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STEP 12: Pay your tax at an AAB (Authorized Agent Bank), online, or Revenue Collection Office.

STEP 13: After paying, file your returns at the Regional Collection Office or the RDO.

Tax Table

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Other Forms  you may File or Pay at the BIR

Annual Registration of Tax

Inventory List

  • RMC No. 57-2015
  • If you have inventory ending, you’ll need to submit a list to BIR (e.g., 30 days after the end of the Annual Year (e.g., January 30)
  • Here’s the format.
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I hope this will help you How to register to BIR and pay Taxes as Digital Nomads or Online Sellers. You can also check our article on How to Pay BIR Taxes Online so you would go directly to the office and not queue on AABs. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask me! I’ll try my best to answer your queries.

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About the Writer

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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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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