Here’s how I registered myself as a self-employed professional.
Step 1 Prepare the required documents
- Photocopy of birth certificate
- Barangay certificate or proof of address
Step 2 Buy OTR (occupational tax receipt)
I bought this in Manila City Hall. They asked me to submit a copy of my contract or just show a screenshot on my phone. I said I don’t have.
The officer told me to fill up a form and proceed to the cashier. I paid PHP 180. I photocopied the receipt – one copy for them and the officer said the other copy I need to submit to BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue).
Step 3 Go to the appropriate RDO (Revenue District Office)
In my case, it’s RDO 33. This is the office where I processed everything.
Step 4 Get a customer number and wait to be called
The officer validated my documents and stamped them. Then she told me to get the forms. These are already available in the office so I don’t have to download and print.
Step 5 Fill up the forms
I filled up the following BIR forms:
- 0605 – Registration Payment Form
- 1901 – Application for Registration
- 2305 – Certificate of Update of Exemption and of Employer’s and Employee’s Information
Step 6 Pay the registration fee
They told me to go to Landbank or any BIR-accredited bank to pay the registration fee. In Landbank, I had to fill up a form again. A sample was posted on the wall so I just followed that. I paid PHP 500 and they stamped my Form 0605.
Step 7 Printing of Receipts
I submitted all filled-up forms to one of the officers and she said the next step is to look for a BIR-accredited “printer.” I was given another form called 1906 – Application for Authority to Print Receipts and Invoices.
Step 8 Find a printer
It’s not a machine. LOL. I had no idea where to find one although they provided a list. I asked one of the officers and he told me to approach a young lady who was also filling up some forms at that time.
Her name was Jhen. She got my form 1906 and told me she will just text me. Also, I had to give PHP 500 as down payment. The cost of printing my receipts was PHP 1200. This is for ten booklets which are good for 5 years.
The name of their company is AJJJ TRADING AND PRINTING SERVICES | 0939-4090497. Contact person is JHEN.
Step 9 Get the receipts
One week later my receipts are ready. I went back to BIR to meet Jhen. She gave me the booklets of receipts and I paid the remaining balance of PHP 700. She also gave back my form 1906. I saw it already had stamps and signatures.
Step 10 Buy books/journal
I bought mine at BIR worth PHP 180. It’s like an accounting notebook. Jhen told me to stamp the first page and fill up my name, TIN, nature of business and address. Then she told me to submit everything to the officer.
Step 11 Submit form 1906, sample receipts, and the books
The officer just stamped the form and the books and signed them.
Step 12 Seminar
I was told to come back to attend a seminar for taxpayers. The seminar is held every Thursday at 9:00 AM.
I got my COR (certificate of registration) and the “Ask for Receipt” poster before I attended the seminar. The BIR officers told me I should attend the seminar first but I got mine before the seminar.
The entire process may seem intimidating and complicated but it’s easy. I just had to fill up A LOT of forms – total of four. LOL.
BIR registration cost:
Registration fee PHP 500
OTR fee PHP 180
Printing of Receipts PHP 1,200
Books PHP 180
Total: PHP 2060
BIR registration time frame:
Steps 1 to 8: I finished in less than four hours. The queue in Landbank consumed a lot of time. Also, I went to Manila City Hall to buy OTR. Good thing, it’s not too far away from BIR – Intramuros.
Steps 9 to 11: I finished in less than an hour.
Step 12: I had to come back another day for the seminar since it’s only available every Thursday. It’s less than an hour.
If you are an online freelancer, I highly encourage you to register your practice in BIR. The requirements and procedures are easy and maybe a bit time-consuming, but it’s for your own good 🙂
Note: I’m not saying this is the standard procedure. I’m just sharing my personal experience. I think it will also depend on your nature of work coz some freelancers are required to register in DTI. It’s best to personally visit your RDO to get accurate information. Anyway, I hope you got an overall idea of how the registration process works.
Good luck and let me know how it went. Cheers!