Do I need to enroll in the BIR’s eFPS?


BPI_C0057_BPI EOL Infographics-23 Transfer to Enrolled Accounts_BIR eFPS or Electronic Filing and Payment System is a facility provided by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for a fast, convenient and paperless tax filing and payment using web browser and internet connection.

But who are required to enroll in the eFPS facility? Not all are required, only those the are listed below are the mandatory to enroll in the eFPS.

Large Taxpayers (RR#2-2002);

  • Top 10,000 Corporations (RR#5-2004);
  • Top 20,000 Corporations (RR#3-2009);
  • Insurance Companies and Stockbrokers (RMC#71-2004);
  • Corporations with paid-up capital stock of 10 Million and above (RR# 10-2007);
  • Corporations with complete computerized system (RR#10-2007);
  • All Government Bidders pursuant to EO 398 as implemented by (RR# 3-2005);
  • Top 5,000 Individual Taxpayer (RMC# 69-2009);
  • Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) (RR 1-2010);
  • Licensed Local contractors  (RR 10-2012);
  • National Government Agencies  mandatorily required to use the Electronic Tax Remittance Advice (RR 1-2013);
  • Taxpayer Account Management Program (TAMP) and accredited importers, including prospective importers required to secure the Importer Clearance Certificates (ICCs) and Customs Broker Clearance Certificates (BCCs) (RR 10-2014); and
  • Those required to secure the BIR-ICC and BIR-BCC (RMO 10-2014)

However, if you are not one of those identified but have the intention of using eFPS, you can submit a Letter of Intent addressed to the Revenue District Office (RDO) where you are registered, for proper evaluation and approval.  You can only enroll and eventually log on to the eFPS website upon approval of your application. Please coordinate with the Taxpayer Service Section (TSS) of your RDO.

Here are the requisites for the availment of the eFPS system:

  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) should be registered in our BIR Integrated Tax System;
  • Certification authorizing any of the two (2) officers designated to file the return under Section 52 (A) of the Tax Code (President or other principal officer, and Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer of the Corporation) who shall enroll for the system usage;
  • Enrollment to eFPS;
  • Enrollment to eFPS Authorized Agent Bank (AAB);

Here are the steps in enrolling to EFPS:

Step 1:  Access BIR website at www.bir.gov.ph, using your internet browser.

Step 2: Click on “eFPS” icon to go the the eFPS home page.

Step 3: From the eFPS Login page, click on “Enroll to eFPS” link.

Step 4: The eFPS enrollment form appears. Complete the required fields on the Enrollment Form page. Then, click on the “Submit” button.

Afterwards, the system will inform you that your enrollment has been successfully received. Then you have to wait for an e-mail message from BIR informing you of the status of your enrollment – whether approved or disapproved.  Once your account has been activated, you are ready to e-file and e-pay, and perform all the functions within eFPS.

It is important, however, for you to remember your username and password, as well as the answer to the challenge question.  Keep the answer to yourself.  Do not make it easy to guess, nor write it down.

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De Minimis Benefits Values


deminimis 2De Minimis Benefits are tax exempt.  These benefits were outlined and defined by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the issuance of Revenue Regulation No. 3-98 and several amendments since its adoption such as RR No 8-2000, RR No. 15-2011, RR No. 8-2012, RR No. 1-2015 and the latest issuance as of this writing is RR No. 3-2015.

There are several sites discussing the topic and even the BIR per se. But how much really is the maximum amount of the benefits if we convert these into peso amount  on a monthly or yearly basis?

The table below will give you a guide on the peso amount assuming a Minimum Wage Earner located in NCR or a daily wage of P454.00.deminimis

But then gain in the application of de minimis benefits, its important to note the stated limits.  Further, it is also important to consider policies created by the company such as (1) Sick & Vacation Leave (SLVL) and  (2) Health policy covered by an HMO.  Lastly, it is important as well to finally consider if a company is under a CBA agreement.

Bottom line, De Minimis Benefits were created as employees privileges and these are relatively small in value and non-taxable.

The BIR Rush and the eFPSyntax of 2012


Yesterday’s tax filing a.k.a. Annual Income Tax Return (1702 for Corporations and Partnerships) was a total rush! Is it? Or it was a total havoc? Of course, in any system that is under a transition process will always experience some sort of glitches.

Anyhow, the issuance of Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 10-2012, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has provided the transition procedures for all Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) filers in using the enhanced income tax return (BIR Form Nos. 1700, 1701, and 1702-November 2011 version).

Now, if you have filed your ITR via eFPS you will notice that the system automatically computes for the tax due at 30% of the taxable net income or 2% of gross income whichever is higher. Further, you need to encode itemized deduction so that the system will capture operating expenses, truly; disclosure of direct cost and opex is so necessary. It’s an easy step basically should a filer or taxpayer had done this prior to the April 16 deadline.  April 15 is a Sunday that is why…

The problem though is the attachment that is needed for the system to validate the transaction is somehow had glitches.  Some taxpayers who filed via eFPS easily uploaded their ITR and accepted by the system even without the attachment. The syntax as provided by Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 15-2012 in naming the attachment is quite unclear, especially the statement “where 000 is the branch code.” Other taxpayers understand this naming convention as the “000” shall be substituted by the “branch code per se.”  For example RDO Code 044. But the thing is, there is NO need to change the 000 as the branch code.

Anyhow, until next time… for another BIR rush.