Zeeka and I were playing a game last night where she was teaching me the meaning of acronyms that they often use in Roblox like NGL, DP (I thought it meant Down Payment), GN, etc. She was laughing so hard because I couldn’t figure out some acronyms. If I were to teach her all the BIR acronyms I know, she might lose her mind. Haha! My husband said that my acronyms are for old people.
Well, for old people or not, one acronym that I want to share is eAFS or the electronic Audit Financial Statement.
I see a lot of people asking if they should still have their forms stamped if they paid online or if they have their Audited Financial Statement, how do they submit it. Well, last year, via a BIR Memo (I feel calling it a memo versus Revenue Memorandum Circular makes me cooler! haha) or Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 49-2020 was released saying that after filing your ITR, you have to submit attachments via eAFS.
UPDATED as of April 29, 2021: Basically, for your Annual Income Tax, you will have to prepare 4 or more files for 4 categories and this is how you name the files. Why do I say 4 or more? Because each file can only be up to 4.8 GB.
a. File 1 – Income Tax Return (ITR) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXITRTYMMYYYY
b. File 2 – Audited Financial Statements(AFS) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXAFSTYMMYYY
c. File 3 – Form 1709 (RPT) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXRPTTYMMYYY
d. File 4 – Other Attachments (OTH) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXOTHTYMMYYYY
e. File 5 – Tax Credits (TCR): EAFSXXXXXXXXXTCRTYMMYYYY-XX.pdf
Where : XXXXXXXXX is the nine-digit TIN : TY is Taxable Year : MM is the Month end of the taxable year (if you got this wrong for previous submissions, don’t worry) : YYYY is the Year Ended (if you got this wrong for previous submissions, don’t worry) : 01 is the first file of other attachments, up to 99 (applicable for TCR File.
With Taxumo, they really helped me as a tax filer because if you have a subscription, they have a tab in Taxumo that fixes all the files that you need to collate and save as PDF.
Step 1: Check and see if your Annual ITR filing and payment is completed. Please allot 2 days because your payments will have to go through Taxumo’s partner Authorized Agent Banks (AABs). So after seeing if your Annual ITR is completed in your PAST FILINGS tab, you can go ahead and click on Attachments – EAFS on the left side of your screen.
Step 2: Watch the three videos that Taxumo has prepared for you. Learn how to download attachments and all the files that you need, combine your attachments into a single PDF and how to upload the files into BIR eAFS.
Step 3: Download your files via Taxumo. Taxumo will update this also in the next coming days, but what’s good is that you can get your files from here. Note that Taxumo will only have the files that you encoded or filed/paid for via Taxumo.
Once you have merged your files into consolidated PDFs, please save a copy if it in your computer.
To look for BIR eAFS and upload your files, go to the BIR website.
So after submitting your attachments via BIR eAFS, you are done! Yes, you are truly done doing filing your Annual Income Tax.
For those who missed the BIR x Taxumo webinar in Facebook, you can still watch it here:
By the way, the deadline for BIR eAFS submission is on April 30, 2021. This is prolly to give some people have their Audited Financial statements prepared. For those who need an Audited Financial Statement, Taxumo also has CPA partners that you can commission.
If you have any other questions, looking for CPAs for AFS preparation, etc., just email firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with Taxumo’s customer advocate via the chat button in their site: https://www.taxumo.com.
Good luck! Hope you learned a new acronym today. 😉
BTW, for those who don’t know, you will also need to submit your SAWT attachments for your Quarterly Income Tax Return forms. If you use Taxumo and have 2307 forms, get your SAWT BIR confirmation from the past filings tab, too. This is how your first quarter EAFS submission screen will look like.
This is where you can get your SAWT confirmation in your Taxumo account:
PAST FILING TAB
If you have questions, feel free to contact email@example.com.
But with motherhood came what I had feared most — losing control, losing my marriage, losing myself.
Frances Amper Sales, Author, Not Invisible
I had the same fears. It was so apt that Frances, a writer and a very good friend of mine brought it up in her newly released book, Not Invisible A Memoir. Now that I’m expecting my second child, my now sort-of “balanced” emotional, physical, financial and mental state is tipping once again. After getting the groove in raising a daughter, gaining back time with my husband, creating and growing a business, and feeling that I’m myself once again, I’m again scared that things are about to change drastically again.
I would say that what scared me the most before I had Zeeka (our daughter) was how much my life would change after I would give birth to her. I was a workaholic. Okay, fine… I still am, but I knew that having her around would mean that I needed to set my priorities straight. She would be our number one. And of course, next would come our relationship as husband and wife, and all other things would come after. And to support all of these things, I, as a person and now as a mom, needed to be strong, more spiritually and emotionally grounded and FULL in every way.
And I later on realized that I didn’t have to be perfect all the time. It was enjoying the journey with my family that mattered.
It was a blessing that I got to read Not Invisible A Memoir before having this second child. Frances’ experiences with her mom, her husband and kids and her realizations just helped me build that courage and strength again to not be fearful of what is to come. It reminded me about the things that I love about being a mother and a wife. Squeezing in this cute Motherhood story here. It reminded me that motherhood comes not only with sacrifices or fears, but with unconditional love that comes from all directions.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a motherhood bible that we can refer to, but it’s so nice to read stories from other moms, like Frances.
What I loved about the book was the authenticity and the realness of her stories. I know Frances and I could hear her talking to me as I read her book. Frances writes everything in such a charming, no holds barred way, which I truly just love. You can count on her to tell it as it is. She just has this unique way of pouring herself out and using words that really move you.
If ever you do read this, Frances, I’m so proud of you. You mentioned in your book that by 40, all women are amazing but you don’t feel like anything is happening to you. Let me tell you as a reader of Not Invisible A Memoir, that this book is truly amazing. I know that women, moms especially, who read this will feel heard and seen.
We may have different actual experiences and different lives to live, but what bonds us all are is our desire to help each other be better moms, better wives and ultimately, better versions of ourselves.
So if you are looking for a mother’s day gift for 2021 for your mom, I highly encourage you to buy this book. It’s available in Shopee, Amazon or get more details from her blog.
I have some friends who are VAT registered and they ask me how they can file and pay for all of their tax forms. So today (as a fellow VAT registered business), I will be sharing with you what I do. For full disclosure to all the other VAT registered businesses in the Philippines, I am not a CPA. I am one of the Co-Founders of Taxumo, an accredited TSP or Tax Software Provider in the Philippines. If you want to consult more with a CPA, feel free to book an appointment here: Taxumo Consult
Personally, I do all of my taxes by myself. I don’t have an accounting background nor am I good in Math. LOL! I just want to show you that you can comply still and have an easy time preparing, filing and paying your taxes even with just basic knowledge and by just being diligent in tracking revenue and expenses.
So let’s start…
How do I know if I am a VAT Registered Business?
VAT registered businesses in the Philippines are those that earn more than Php 3 Million Gross Sales or Revenue in one year. And how do you know if you are a Non-VAT versus VAT registered business in the Philippines? Well, our businesses and professions have one-page (or sometimes even more pages) profiles with the BIR called Certificate of Registration or COR (sample shown in the picture below). It contains all our business/professional information and the type of taxes we need to pay. VAT Entities will see “VALUE – ADDED TAX” in their Certificate of Registration or COR (Form 2303) when they register their business or profession at the BIR Revenue District office (branch of the BIR).
For the sake of this blog post, I will teach you how to use Taxumo if you have a VAT entity/business. We’ll go through 1) account set up, 2) encoding revenue that you receive and expenses that you incur, 3) discuss a little bit about withholding tax certificates and creating these and 4) filing and payment of your taxes.
VAT Forms and other Forms for VAT Registered Businesses in the Philippines
VAT Forms in the Philippines are 2550M and 2550Q. Each 2550Q or Quarterly VAT Form submission also should come with an SLSP or Summary of List of Sales and Purchases attachments that need to be submitted to the BIR. The proof that you have submitted your VAT forms is when you receive a BIR confirmation for both the filing and another email confirmation from the BIR for the SLSP attachment. Check out this image for the frequency of the forms and what forms to file. I included some basic computation, too.
Again, if you are using Taxumo, you don’t have to memorize how these are computed. Placing this here so that you just have a basic idea.
Now, some businesses are also assigned this tax type, “Withholding Tax – Expanded / OTH”. When you see this in your Certificate of Registration or COR, you are a Withholding Tax Agent. This means that for all of your payments and expenses, you will need to withhold and issue a 2307 or Certificate of Creditable Tax Withheld to the person that you paid and withheld from. I will also show you how to easily generate a form in Taxumo. And also, in another post, I’ll probably discuss this more.
Setting up my Account in Taxumo as a VAT registered business in the Philippines?
First off, you just need to go to https://www.taxumo.com and sign up for FREE. You don’t need to pay yet… you only pay when you are ready to file your tax forms.
Once in the site, go to your SETTINGS tab and check if you have filled it up correctly. Most of the Taxpayer Details can be seen in your Certificate of Registration (so don’t panic). Please copy what’s shown in your COR and please don’t forget to check out the TOOL TIP or that aqua check mark to give you further instructions.
Then for your BUSINESS PROFILE, know that you can make a new profile for each year. Let me go through each field…
Line of Business: Copy the Industry code stated in your COR
I want to file my taxes from: If you just recently got your COR, indicate the date when they released your COR. It’s usually stamped, written or typed at the bottom of your COR. If you are switching from manually filing, just indicate the date today.
Business Type: Please indicate if you are selling goods or product, providing services or both.
Income Source: If you are a corporation, partnership or sole proprietor and you are not employed by a local employer, choose solely from business. If you have a profession and business AND employed (employee with a local employer), choose mixed from business and employment. If you are a licensed professional (ex. Doctor, lawyer, etc.; people with PRC licenses), Financial Advisor with IC license, or a Non-Licensed Professional (ex. Sales agents, Freelance Consultant, Writer, Digital worker, etc.), choose income from profession.
Income Tax Rate Type: For VAT registered businesses in the Philippines, your only option is Graduated Income Tax. You cannot opt for the 8% Gross Receipt Tax.
Taxpayers Type: Choose which applies to you from the choices.
Deduction Method: You can choose between Optional Standard deduction (declare that 40% of your Gross Revenue are your expenses) or Itemized Deduction (include all expenses in the computation of taxes and consider all the line items).
My Business is under BMBE Law: If you have a Barangay Micro business Enterprise (BMBE) certificate then click on Yes. Otherwise, click on No.
Now make sure that the Tax forms that you highlight in Aqua are those that are in your Certificate of Registration or COR.
Don’t forget to click on SAVE. So that’s it for setting up your account in Taxumo. Now let’s go to filing and paying your taxes.
So in the TAX DUES tab, you will see the taxes that you need to pay and those that you might have missed (this is based on the date that you have inputed in the “file my taxes from” date in the settings page and NOT from BIR, so don’t panic). If you have already paid these manually, you can just click on “hide card”.
Each card or box is a tax form that you need to file. These taxes are grouped as to the kind of tax it is. The black box is the tax type (ex. Income tax, Value Added Tax, etc.).
Now, for the system to prepare and compute your taxes, you need to feed it information. It needs to know the revenue that you received, the expenses that you incurred, the withholding tax forms that you either received or passed on to your supplier.
In the CASHFLOW tab, this is where you add your Income and Expense entries.
For the Revenue that you received, click on ADD in the box for “Your income”. This box will pop up and you can just fill in these fields.
For adding expenses, just click on the ADD button in the “Your expenses” box and fill in the details in this pop up. If you are required to withhold, meaning you have “Withholding Tax – Expanded / OTH” in your COR, please don’t forget to check the tick box in the lower part of the screen if you withheld for this particular transaction.
By the way, for VAT entries (both income and expenses), be sure that you have the TIN and the address of your suppliers and even clients.
To continue, after clicking on the submit button, it will lead you to this pop up that will ask for information about the withheld amount, the Tax Code, etc.
For the Tax Code, it’s a drop down of all the tax codes that you can use. If your supplier is a corporation, the Code will probably start with a WC. If your supplier is an individual, the code will start with a WI and if your supplier is a bank, the code will probably start with a WB.
What I have I personally encountered as a supplier (since I am not a withholding agent or not required to withhold), my clients normally ask me what code do I use. I would check on the other 2307 forms that I receive and give them that code. If you are required to withhold, get a copy of the 2303 and if your supplier is non-VAT, get a copy of the Notarized Sworn Statement, too. This will help you identify what code to use.
Once you have completed that in Taxumo, Taxumo will automatically generate a 2307 form like this for you.
Again, this Withholding Tax Generator feature is only applicable and used by those with “Withholding Tax – Expanded / OTH” in their COR. If you don’t have this, you can just untick the box or make sure that the box is unticked when you add an expense in Taxumo.
Once you have encoded all the details, you can now go back to the TAX DUES tab and click on FILE NOW. This is when you will need a subscription to continue.
The beauty of Taxumo is that you know exactly how much you need to pay on the due date of a tax form. When you encode the data that they system needs, taxes are AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATED and dues or the amount that you have to pay are shown.
If you have tax dues to pay, you can pay via GRABPAY, PAYMAYA for Debit and Credit Card, GCASH, Online / Mobile Banking, Over the counter – Banks and Over the counter – Non banks (like Robinsons, Cebuana Lhuillier, etc.)
Just wait for a few days then visit your PAST FILINGS Tab under TAX DUES (left menu bar). For 2550Q, you will see all these attached: BIR Confirmation, Summary list of Sales, Summary List of Purchases and Tax Payment Record. For 2550M, you will see the BIR Confirmations and the Tax Payment Record.
So that’s it! That’s how I prepare, file and pay for my VAT Filings. I hope that other VAT registered businesses in the Philippines found this blog article useful. This is how I do my taxes by myself!
If you are thinking of subscribing, the Taxumo subscription plan that you will need for this is the Small & Medium Business Plan.
If you have any questions, feel free to message firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with them using the chat box in the Taxumo Website.
I’m actually a Marvel Cinematic Universe Fan but there are some DC Comics based movies that I enjoy, too. One of the characters that I love is Wonder Woman. I loved Wonder Woman – Rise of the Warrior. This is why I’m excited to watch Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Go. This movie that’s directed by Patty Jenkins and starring that gorgeous Gal Gadot will premiere exclusively in the Philippines from 21 April on HBO GO. I’m excited that the setting is in the 80s, the era of my childhood.
So to prepare for this premiere, Zeeka and I built the Wonder Woman™ vs Cheetah Lego set while I wore my Wonder Woman 1984 shirt!
Speaking of mood and ambiance, the filmmakers turned to their trusted superpowered creative teams led by director of photography Matthew Jensen, production designer Aline Bonetto, costume designer Lindy Hemming, and composer Hans Zimmer. From colors, costumes, to creating a mall straight out of the 80’s, discover the monumental efforts it took to bring the 80’s back to life.
The setting of America 1984 in all glitz and glamour and with people having that “have it all” mentality that inevitably leads to wanting even more. For Jenkins, the setting was a personal as well as professional choice. “The initial idea of setting the story in 1984 came from my desire to see Wonder Woman in my era, an era that to me is synonymous with her, in terms of the character’s cultural popularity.”
Something to watch out for aside from the movie’s physical setting, the music is superb. It really goes with and further enhances and captures the spirit of the 80s. Considered as one of the more memorable music-centric decades in history, Jenkins had a very specific approach to the film’s music. To evoke a score that touched on the sounds from that decade, she turned to legendary film composer Hans Zimmer.
Zimmer, known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to being experimental, says his one great innovation for this film is truth. “Real musicians playing real instruments and embracing the music, adding that sense of humanity. Like Wonder Woman: honest, truthful and honorable.”
Throughout the film, Diana remains resolved in her faith in mankind, and in her unrelenting pursuit of justice. But it is that underlying theme of the film, truth—her truth—that will define whether she can become the warrior the world needs, and a hero for everyone.
People have been talking about it and now, new businesses want to register because of the lowered tax rate. Want to know the CREATE Law Percentage Tax Changes? If you are filing your Percentage Taxes using Taxumo, you’ll have a convenient time filing with the changes that were brought up with CREATE Act or RA No. 11534 (Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act). For those who want to read the law, here is the link to the CREATE law.
The Comprehensive Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act (Republic Act 11354) is a bill that seeks to assist businesses as a response to the pandemic situation, with retroactive provisions and lower tax rates. This was enacted to law last April 11, 2021.
CREATE Law Percentage Tax Changes
Hooray for those who are paying Percentage Taxes, the Bureau of Internal Revenue will now accept just 1% of your gross earnings for Percentage Tax (submitted via the 2551Q). From the usual 3% tax rate, taxpayers can now use the new 1% rate for their taxes. What’s tricky is that this new 1% rate is a retroactive tax rate that can be applied for all due taxes starting from July (Q3) 2020 (last year).
Taxumo is CREATE-ready for Percentage Tax Changes
The great thing about this is that for Taxumo users, this 1% tax code change has been applied to our 2551Q forms and your due taxes will be computed using this new tax code. The system also fixed this to be the default now so even new Taxumo subscribers can utilize the 1% rate with our 2551Q forms. There’s no need to worry about re-calculating stuff to take advantage of this.
This is the advantage really of being a Taxumo user. For changes like this in any computation, Taxumo makes necessary adjustments and helps you through the transition.
For example, if you filed your Quarterly Percentage Tax forms for 2020 Q3 and Q4 in Taxumo, Taxumo will compute the excess you paid and then use those as credits starting 2021 Q1. To do that, simply file your Quarterly Percentage Tax form (2551Q) for 2021 Q1, due this coming April 23 (Taxumo’s Deadline is earlier), and Taxumo will automatically compute it for you.
If you’ve already filed your 2551Q form for 2021 Q1 thru Taxumo, simply file an amendment filing by clicking either of the links below: