Thinking the process is really complicated, I seek the help of Taxumo for my freelance tax application. The whole process took almost 6 months while my kumare, Mommy Levy, processed her own and it took her only a week! You can read about her self-employed BIR application/ freelancer BIR application here: SELF-EMPLOYED/FREELANCER: HOW TO REGISTER WITH BIR
I submitted the forms and necessary docs to Taxumo October last year. Update was given 2nd week of November and I need to submit another SPA form. Took me a few days before I was able to submit one. I was invoiced last week of Nov yata then asked for an extension for the deadline of payment. I was able to pay first week of December. I got an update 3rd week of December that I need to secure a Barangay Certificate. That’s when it all becomes blurry! BARANGAY CLEARANCE OMG!
To those who are not aware, here in Pasig, you can’t have a Brgy Clearance if you are not a registered voter of your Barangay. I know that because in 2017, I tried securing one. Sa first floor pa lang ng brgy hall, pinaalis na ako. Last year, I tried transferring my voter’s registration to our current Brgy, unfortunately, when I tried last June, the registration is still closed. The next thing I knew, SARADO na ang registration for voters.
So back to my freelance tax application, HOW IN THE WORLD CAN I SECURE A BRGY CERTIFICATE? huhuhuhuhu Mag aantay ba ako ng panibagong election?
It took me almost a month to finally have the courage to go to my Barangay Center and try to get a certificate.
- Dress presentably and look professional.
- Promise them na lilipat ka sa Brgy as soon as mag open ulit ang registration.
- Be nice and courteous.
I had to face another challenges though. I am not sure what to get, Barangay Certificate or Barangay Clearance. And I can’t wait another month or 2 if I submitted the wrong docs again. So, I asked for 2, Barangay Clearance and a Barangay Certificate that I am a freelancer here. That where the challenge begins. I need to ask for signatures of 5 persons as witness that I am a freelancer here. ANO DAW? Basically, kailangan ko mangapitbahay!
With the support of my super loving husband, I was able to secure the 2 docs I needed and through the help of the staff from our Barangay din. Ang babait pala nila doon.
One week after I sent my 2 docs to Taxumo, I got my Certificate of Registration from BIR. Wohooooo! And one month after, I got all my docs including the books and OR. Right in time before my birthday month ends.
Now, thinking about it, I am quite glad I did it with Taxumo.. if I did it on my own, malamang nawalan na ako ng lakas ng loob upon hearing Baranggay Clearance. Since I already paid the fee sa Taxumo (11,760 PhP), hindi na ako pwede mag back out! No other way but to finish it. The hassles Taxumo brought upon me was actually a blessing in disguise. Naiinis kase ako noong una bec they did not included the Brgy Clearance as part of the requirement. Sa isip- isip ko, sana hindi na lang ako tumuloy had I known..kase nga I thought there is no way that I would be able to get one. Pero dahil nga hindi kasama sa unang list of requirement, I went ahead and paid. Ngayon thankful na din ako sa nangyari, I got my COR and OR after all, even if it took a while and even if I paid more than what I would if I DIY.
But it would have been more fun sana if I DIYed no? So I have something more meaningful and better to share with you. Another helpful post for Freelance Tax Application is Mommy Donna’s post: Register As A Freelancer! My Experience in Registering at BIR
So let’s me just share with you how to process your Freelance Tax Application as I understand it (based on what happened to me and based on reading entries from Mommy Levy and Mommy Donna).
STEP 1. Tax Identification Number. Wala ka pang TIN? Apply online here: Online BIR. May TIN na from old work/employee? Yan din ang gagamitin mo but you need to file for information update. Go to the BIR office where your TIN is registered and ask for a transfer. That’s BIR Form 1905. Please make sure na alam mo kung RDO Code ng lilipatan mo na city. Here’s the Updated BIR RDO Codes 2019. Kung malayo, you can ask someone to do this for you, kay nanay ko pinagawa ang sa akin since my TIN was registered in Cabanatuan.
STEP 2. SECURE ALL DOCS:
- Copy of BIR Form 1905
- Photocopy of Birth Certificate and Marriage Contract
- VALID ID
- Barangay Certificate
- Notarized Income Payee’s Sworn Declaration of Gross Receipt/Sales (download the copy here at pa notaryo mo)
- OTR (Occupational Tax Receipt)
- Copy of a latest contract/ moa mo with your client.
- Ledger/ accounting book.
STEP 3. GO TO BIR
- Fill up BIR Form No. 1901 or Application for Registration Form.
- Fill up 3 BIR FORM 0605 or Payment Form and pay. Magtanong ka lang kung saan pwede magbayad, mababait naman ang mga tao sa BIR
- Fill up BIR Form No. 1906 for printing and ask around for accredited
- Give all your FORMS together with your ledger/ accounting book.
- Wait for you COR. Pag maaga daw dumating, natatapos within the day. Sa Pasig daw matagal talaga
STEP 4. COR and OR PRINTING
You will receive your COR together with your stamped ledger and the BIR Form No. 1906. Give the BIR Form No. 1906 to the accredited printing press. Wait another days para sa OR mo.
How much to process Freelance Tax Application?
According to Mommy Levy, she only spent 2630 for all of it. Mommy Donna spent around 2K (no details on her blog).
By the way, all forms mentioned above can be downloaded sa BIR website: https://www.bir.gov.ph/index.php/bir-forms.html
Now on to filling taxes! I am planning to do it my own, to see how it goes. Mukha namang madali lang, nakaka intimidate lang talaga sa una. Kung nagawa ni Mommy Levy at ni Mommy Donna, kaya nyo din!