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[Ask the Tax Whiz] Where do I pay my taxes during ECQ?

Based on Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 41-2021 issued on March 22, 2021, "filing of returns as well as payment of taxes due thereon, falling within the period of March 22, 2021 to April 30, 2021 may be made anywhere, even outside the jurisdiction of the Revenue District Office" where taxpayers are registered.

Below are some of the top questions during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and other forms of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

My business is registered in Manila but I am still in the province. Can I just file and pay here?

Yes. RMC 41-2021 allows taxpayers to file and pay anywhere even outside the jurisdiction of the Revenue District Office (RDO) where they're registered. In your case, you may file anywhere outside Manila and pay tax dues accordingly.

However, please note that these taxes must be due within the period of March 22 to April 30, 2021.

I am not mandated to use eFPS or the eBIRForms System. Can I file and pay online?

Yes. In fact, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) encourages taxpayers to electronically file their returns through the eBIR Forms facility and pay the corresponding taxes due through digital payment channels.

Visit www.bir.gov.ph to know more about the e-services available to taxpayers.

This is my first time to file and pay my annual income tax. I am honestly confused with the rates and forms to be used. Is there a way to make compliance simpler and easier for a first-time filer like me?

Yes. Download the TaxWhizPH mobile app. It's free! One of its features is a tax calculator which employees, the self-employed, and professionals may use to compute their income tax due. You may also file your annual income tax returns using the app for free! 

In case you have tax questions or clarifications, you may also use the unlichat feature – Ask the Tax Whiz. With the TaxWhizPH mobile app, you can now comply with your tax obligations anytime, anywhere. Visit www.taxwhiz.ph for more information or follow TaxWhizPH on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

– Rappler.com

Mon Abrea, CPA, MBA, is the co-chair of the Paying Taxes-EODB Task Force. With the TaxWhizPH mobile app as his brainchild, he was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World, an Asia CEO Young Leader, and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines because of his tax advocacy and expertise. Currently, he is the chairman and CEO of the Asian Consulting Group and trustee of the Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines – the advocacy partner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Trade and Industry, and Anti-Red Tape Authority on ease of doing business and tax reform. Visit www.acg.ph for more information or email him at mon@acg.ph and download the TaxWhizPH app for free if you have tax questions.