PRC License Renewal

Technically, the long and tedious renewal of PRC license is quite over.  Isn’t it? Oh yes, thanks to the technology provided by the PRC Online.  However, since the old fashion way of license renewal is still available, I preferred renewing it manually.  I repeat, manually. So people reading this blog, this is for your manual eyes only, okay?  :)

So there, lets start…

Step 1 –  Early bird catches worm, thus, go to the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) main building early to avoid the long line.  However, given the organize renewal procedure, I bet the long line is not a problem anymore.

I entered the PRC main building at around 9AM.

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For those who are not familiar with  Manila area, you can check google map.  Anyhow, what’s important is if you see these streets you are on the right track.

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Step 2 – After entering the PRC building, go straight to the Public Assistance Counter and get application form.  Other blog sites , specially the old postings, will require you to go straight to window Q or R to get a renewal form.  In my case, the form is already available at the Public Assistance Counter.  Oh yes, this just July 2016 and purely fresh.

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Please take note, application form provided by PRC is all good whether its for renewal, duplicate or original IDs.

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By the way, before I forget, please bring passport size picture with name tag (your name and take note your real name not FB name, okay). But don’t worry, if you fail to bring one, you can always go to those photo booth in and outside of the PRC building to take care of your problem.  The cost of ID picture is about Php60.00, others is at the range of Php80.00 – Php100.00.  Make sure to look good in your picture, yep, the same picture will be used on your new PRC license.   Attach the ID picture  and fill out the form and your ready to go to the next step.

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Step 3 –  Go inside the PRC building and proceed to window 27, which is located at the ground floor.

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Submit the application form including your expired PRC license to window 27 for assessment .  The cost of renewal depends on your profession and years of non-renewal. Mine, being a CPA and my PRC licence is valid until 2013, I paid Php1,000.00 for the cost of renewal. Thus, the Php1,000.00 is good for 2013 to 2016.

Step 4 – Next wait for your name to be called at window 31 and receive your assessment. Now, this is the part your getting excited because you already spent hours of waiting and you wanted to get a hold na of your new PRC license ID.  But don’t worry, its just an hour or two from the time you entered the PRC building.

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Really, no exaggeration,  I admire this new procedure, its kinda swift now.  Oh, there, after an hour or so  your name was called and its now pay time.

Step 5 – Proceed to the cashier and pay the necessary renewal fee.  The fee you will pay is the amount provided by the assessment in window 31.

IMG_0126.JPG The cashier will issue Official Receipt for the amount you paid.   Payment will take a lil more than minutes for there are four windows accommodating and receiving payments.

Step 6 – After paying the necessary fee, proceed to window 22 and present your Official Receipt for printing of your PRC license.

The assigned staff will tell you what time your PRC ID will be available for pick up.  Mine, I was told to go back 2Pm of the same day.

 

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At this time, its close to 12 noon of processing and waiting. This is based on my experience.

Eventually, you will notice your stomach is already complaining, this is the right time to get a break and have lunch or eat something to fill in that empty stomach while waiting.

Perhaps for those applicant who arrived past 12 noon or so, the availability of their PRC ID is on the next working day.

Step 7 – Remember to come back on the time set to pick up your PRC ID.  But of course you can always come back at a later time or day, but why wait, remember you are so excited na to get a hold of your new PRC License ID. And by the way, this is the last step.

Present your OR and sign the log sheet to signify acknowledgment of your new PRC ID and viola your ID is now yours!

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So there… easy as one, two, three! Renewed!

 

 

 

 

 

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TAXATION FOR PROFESSIONALS

True Wellness WarriorsTaxation, in general, is not that popular with most small & medium business owners. The same scenario exists for those professionals who wanted to practice their chosen profession such as doctor. Perhaps because most of the time, taxation is synonymous with a reduction to the overall profitability of a certain business. However, Taxation is a MUST particularly if you wanted to start a business.

Last May 30, 2015, I conducted a seminar entitled “Taxation for Professionals” at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila organized by True Wellness Warriors. True WellnessThe seminar was specifically intended for doctors who wanted to practice profession and of course doctors who wanted to venture into business such as clinic and the like. The topics I prepared are basically about BIR registration, invoicing compliance, bookkeeping requirements, tax computation, penalties, interest & surcharges, and important dates. Yep, it’s practically an ultimate guide for professionals who wanted to become self-employed and yes starting a business too.  Whew! the question and answer portion is the most exciting portion of the seminar.

WarriorsAnyhow, since I already caught your attention and you are now browsing through and reading this article, I would like to share you the requirements first before we go to the step-by-step procedures, okay?

Okay, if you are a professional, a doctor, lawyer or an accountant, here are the requirements that you need to accomplish.

1. A registered TIN number
2. One original and two photocopies of BIR Form 0605
3. Photocopy of your birth certificate (NSO)
4. Photocopy of your marriage certificate (if married) and the birth certificate/s of your dependents, if you have any
5. Two copies of completed BIR 1901 form
6. Photocopy of proof of address
7. Payment of Professional Tax Receipt (PTR)
8. PRC License
9. Affidavit indicating the rates, manner of billings, and the factors considered in determining service fees (as specified in BIR Revenue Regulation 4-2014). You can download a sample affidavit here.

After securing all those requirements mentioned, here is what you need to do next.

Step 1 – is to know you Revenue District Office (RDO)

Step 2 – go to the RDO and register by filling up BIR Form 0605 (payment form) and pay Php500.00

Step 3 -Fill up BIR FORM 1901 (application for registration) and submit the needed requirements

Step 4 – Apply for Invoices/Receipts using BIR FORM no. 1906 – Authority to Print (ATP). Release of ATP is usually 3-5 working days.

Step 5 – Register books of accounts and have them stamped by RDO where you are registered. These are:(1) Journal (2) Ledger (3) Subsidiary Professional Income Books (4) Subsidiary Purchases (5) Expenses Books

There. Simple, yes?  Congratulations, you can now start becoming a self-employed professional.  Good luck!

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Attention Corporation: Risk of paying not less than Php10,000.00 penalty on 1702Q

1702QATTENTION CORPORATION: There is a potentially expensive sting in the tail for pay and file taxpayers who have not yet paid & filed their 2014 second quarter corporate income tax (1702Q). Second quarter covers April, May & June 2014 and the deadline for filing is on the 28th of August or on or before 60 days following the close of each of the quarters.  Anyhow, for corporate taxpayers, the 2014 income tax return will trigger a penalty not less than Php10,000, if not filed. Therefore, it is important, however, to note that the penalty is calculated on your income tax liability, and that this penalty is in addition to the tax liability. Oh yes! aside from the tax payable you will be charged for additional penalty.  You don’t want that do you?  Well of course, the BIR issued a table of compromise penalty depending on the amount of tax involved.   But that is not he point.  Because additional penalties may also apply for non-compliance with filing obligations and worst you will be monitored already.

Thus, if you want to avoid any penalty then make sure you have filed and paid your 1702Q ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

 

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Why you need an Accountant?

Almost always business owners, particularly those who are managing small businesses and those under SME category, disregards to see the importance of having accountants. Oftentimes, they look for an Accountant when it’s already too late or worst the BIR had issued a letter of notice (LN) or letter of authority (LOA) for their business.

As an Accountant, we understand that small business owners find it costly to maintain a retainer to do the monthly bookkeeping and tax preparation for their business. But what they don’t realize is the monetary and non-monetary benefits of maintaining one.

The following will explain the importance of accountant in your business, no matter how big or small it is.

1. Organized Record of Financial Data. Most business owners want to focus their time and energy operating and growing their business. As such, their financial documents for personal and business often mixed up. Having an unorganized financial documents create stress and headaches to business owners because they don’t know exactly what is happening in terms of financial standing. First, accountants maintain an organized record and filing of business day to day financial records. This is often referred to as Bookkeeping. When the business has a systematized and organized record keeping of business transactions, it will save you time worrying about whether your business is on the profit side or losing end. Also, you don’t need to worry on how to organize all the receipts you need to file and record.

2. BIR Tax Compliance and Other Reportorial Requirements. All income earners are required to pay monthly taxes, even small business owners. Yep, as a general rule, everything is taxable. As such, not having an accountant means you have to understand Taxation law of the Philippines in order to be tax compliant. Thus, this is another importance why you need an accountant. Seemingly, an accountant can compute and prepare BIR Tax Returns for you. It will save you time in studying tax law and computing your own tax return. Further, accountants can also give advice on effective tax management.

3. Save Time to Focus on Growth of Business. Keeping track of your financial data, recording and filing it can be time consuming, especially if you are not used to it. If you have an accountant, you can save a lot of time to focus on growing your business instead of worrying about tax deadlines and keeping an organized accounting records.

4. Save Money. When you don’t have an Accountant, there will be high possibility of future penalties, plus interest, on government reports you missed filing or incorrectly filed. Having an accountant can save you cost on these future penalties and charges of correcting your accounting books and tax returns on time.

5. Peace of Mind. The last but not least importance of an accountant in business is for owners to have peace of mind. When you have an accountant who does the record keeping and tax compliance, you don’t need to worry that if somebody comes to your business to do Audit. You are somehow confident that you have records to show you are complying with accounting and government reportorial requirements.

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BIR Certificate of Registration (BIR form 2303)

BIR Certificate of Registration (COR) or BIR Form 2303 is a basic requirement in the conduct of your business in the Philippines. Of course, this is a must following the general principle that “everything is taxable”. Anyhow, if you are one of the following, then you are required to secure a Certificate of Registration (COR) from the BIR and of course pay the necessary registration fee, if applicable.

(1)    Self-employed individuals (a single proprietor or with business), professionals (a practicing lawyer, architect, engineer, doctor, accountant, etc.) estates and trusts, their branches or facilities. Secure the COR within thirty (30) working days from the day the corresponding Mayor’s Permit/PTR is issued to the taxpayer.

(2)    Corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, associations, their branches or facilities. Secure the COR before payment of any tax due.

(3)    GAIs, GOCCs, LGUs, their branches or facilities. Get the COR before or upon filing of any applicable tax return, statement or declaration

Easy, YES?!?

Now, this is somewhat complicated to others. Well, I have tons of experiences from my first-time clients, with tax issues already, about BIR 2303 application, and registration mostly single proprietorship opening businesses or branches in other locations. These are the two simple rules.

1) Registration Form shall be filed with the same RDO where TIN was obtained.

2) If individual applies for business and principal place of business is under the jurisdiction of a RDO different from the RDO that issued his TIN, said TIN shall be transferred to the new RDO.

In closing, the COR shall only be issued to individuals engaged in business or the practice of profession and to juridical persons. Further, each Head Office, branch or facility shall be issued with a COR. Again, again, again, each Head Office and branches, so take note of this.

AND LASTLY ALWAYS REMEMBER: The COR shall be posted or exhibit the same, and his/its duly validated RF Return at a conspicuous place in its/his principal place of business to avoid penalties and fine.

 

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Did you know that Employers of MWEs are still required to issue BIR Form No. 2316?

Okay, okay, MWE stands for Minumum Wage Earner while BIR Form No. 2316 means a Certificate of Compensation Payment.  In general, every employer or other person who is required to deduct and withhold the tax on compensation including fringe benefits given to rank and file employees, shall furnish every employee from whose compensation taxes have been withheld the Certificate of Compensation Payment/Tax Withheld (BIR Form No. 2316) on or before January 31 of the succeeding calendar year, or if employment is terminated before the close of such calendar year, on the day on which the last payment of compensation is made. Failure to furnish the same shall be a ground for the mandatory audit of payor’s income tax liabilities (including withholding tax) upon verified complaint of the payee.Image

For more information, you can download the Revenue Regulation here RR 11-2013 cert of comp 2316 .

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Annual SEC filing of Audited Financial Statements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted in its website SEC Memorandum Circular No. 16, Series of 2013 dated September 13, 2013 setting forth the schedule of filing of the annual financial statements of companies with fiscal year ends December 31, 2013.

Filing Date Last Digit of SEC Registration/License
April 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 “1” , “2”
April 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 “3” , “4”
April 28, 29, 30, May 2 “5” , “6”
May 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 “7” , “8”
May 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 “9” , “0”

The schedule was issued to maintain organized and orderly filing of annual financial statements.  All corporations may file their AFS regardless of their last numerical digit of their registration or license number prior to April 14, 2014.  On the other hand, late filing shall be accepted starting May 19, 2014, subject to prescribed penalties.

Also, SEC Memorandum Circular No. 16 reminds the AFS filers that SEC will not accept AFS, other than consolidated financial statements, unless stamped “Received” by the Bureau of Internal Revenue or Authorized Agent Banks.    sec

The SEC will pre-screen the AFS and its attached components and failure to comply with any formal requirements under SRC Rule 68, shall be considered a sufficient ground for the denial of the receipt of the financial statements.  The acceptance of the AFS, however doesn’t mean that the financial statements may no longer be subjected to fines that may be imposed for any material deficiency or misstatements.

Here is the link for more info.   

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