I’ve been a freelance Writer/ PR Consultant/ Events Manager/ Emcee for years now. I’ve earned quite a decent sum but I’ve only applied for a TIN (Tax Identification Number) recently. I have one client now who really insists that I should get one so that I get paid. With heavy heart and shoulders, I applied for a TIN at the heat of the Napoles scam. (Read my thoughts about the pork barrel scam here.)
Anyway, I chanced upon the online BIR TIN eRegistration system and decided to give it a try. A few months ago, my sister applied for a TIN and it took her more than an hour of waiting there, and she was even called back to pay something and to get her TIN. Last week, I got my TIN for only 13 minutes and 8 seconds. Yes, I timed the whole transaction. I wanted to make a point about how convenient it is and I also wanted to share this information with my other freelancer friends so they won’t have to line up at the always-tight BIR office.
So here’s how you register your TIN online:
1. Go to the BIR National Office eRegistration Website and input your information there. Here’s a link to that site.
2. You’ll see this at the homepage: The eTIN is a module of the eREG System. It offers convenient access to application for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) over the internet. It currently caters to the following types of individual taxpayers: Self-employed individuals such as Single Proprietors and Professionals, Mixed Income Earners (e.g. employee and single proprietor and/or professional at the same time), Employees, and Executive Order (E.O.) No. 98. Read it and put to heart.
3. Fill out the form for self-employed individuals (yey that’s us!) at the lower part of the page. Make sure that all the words are spelled correctly and make sure that you input truthful information.
Reminder: the only ones they call “professional” are the ones who have licenses. A college degree or a paycheck doesn’t make you a “professional” in the eyes of BIR. But don’t let it get to you. 😉
4. After that, you’ll go through 4 other pages where you will be asked to input other personal information, the nature of your job, and the industry that you belong to.
5. They’ll process the information for a few minutes and since this application is also equivalent to opening an account in the BIR site, you’ll get a notification email for your membership to the site (free) and they will also email you your TIN once you’ve filled-out all the forms..
6. Along with the TIN, you will also receive a form (BIR form 1901) which you must print out and submit at your office’s RDO. Here in Davao city, the BIR Office is located near Magallanes Residences, Bolton extension, Davao city. You will have your picture taken there, and your TIN ID processed.
7. You can pay your yearly registration there (Php500), or you can pay through GCASH. GCash details will be at the email.
For employed individuals, your employer has to secure it for you. They can also do so via online. There are guidelines at the same link that I provided. To others, share this information with everyone you know and let’s dance our way to (finally) paying taxes other than VAT. Haha!