Navigating the global tax compliance landscape successfully is complex and resource-intensive. Every country has a specific and constantly evolving set of legislated e-invoicing requirements.
Non-compliance, intentional or not, can result in significant financial penalties, business disruption, and reputational damage.
The implementation of e-invoicing in the Philippines has now gone live as planned on 1st July 2022. Initially, the mandate will cover 100 large taxpayers selected by BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) including:
Simplified Policies on the Application for Registration of Computerized Accounting System (CAS) have been introduced under Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 05-2021.
There is no longer a requirement for taxpayers intending to use a CAS to obtain a PTU (Permit To Use). Taxpayers can receive an Acknowledgement Certificate” from the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) if all their documentation requirements are met. Pre-evaluation or demonstration of the system is no longer required but will be subject to post-evaluation by the concerned Revenue District Office.
All taxpayers with existing Permit To Use CAS are not required to apply for registration, the approved PTU previously issued by the Bureau will still be valid except for special circumstances.
According to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the go-live of the pilot project for the e-invoicing system (EIS) has been postponed from 1 January 2022 to 1 July 2022. From 1 July 2022, the selected 100 large taxpayers must transmit invoice data to BIR in production. The EIS system supports the Comprehensive Tax reform Programme (CTRP), which was established by the Ministry of Finance. CTRP aims to digitise the tax and administrative systems in the country.
The EIS is a so-called Continuous Transaction Control (CTC); invoices need to be reported to the Government Platform after these have been shared with buyers. This centralised government platform was developed with the support of the South Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and it is therefore not surprising that the EIS platform strongly resembles the South Korean e-Tax system. The scope of the requirements includes sales invoices, debit- and credit notes, receipts and other accounting documents.
Philippines is moving towards an e-invoicing system by 2023.
According to recent reports, the pilot project will be launched in January 2022 in preparation for its phased roll-out of their e-invoicing system in 2023. At this stage, corporations falling under the large taxpayers classification and exporters are selected for the pilot project as they have a computerised accounting system which is needed for e-invoicing and e-receipts.
After several years of collaboration, we can officially announce that a usage permit between Unilever and Tungsten was finally granted in early January 2020.
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