Taxation, 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. The 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.
Anyhow, 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!