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July 15 2022
The Philippine e-invoicing system kicks off with a pilot and an upcoming mandate
Along with the e-invoicing pilot project in July, the Philippine government has announced the scope of taxpayers that need to switch to the e-invoicing system in 2023.
As previously written, the Electronic Invoicing/Receipting System (EIS) pilot project was postponed to July. Starting this month, 100 selected taxpayers must issue and transmit their transactional documents, including e-invoices and e-receipts, to the EIS.
Taxpayers in the scope
According to the Revenue Regulations No. 8-2022 and No. 9-2022 from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the following taxpayers will be in the scope of the EIS when the mandate kicks off:
Taxpayers engaged in the export of goods and services;
Taxpayers involved in electronic commerce (e-commerce); and
Taxpayers under the Large Taxpayers Service (LTS).
VAT payers not included in the mandate may continue using manual receipts/invoices or choose to issue those documents electronically instead of manual ones.
What will be the e-invoicing model?
The EIS program is similar to South Korea's e-tax invoice system, meaning taxpayers must report the invoices in near real-time after the transaction or the invoice distribution.
The taxpayers mentioned above will be required to issue receipts and invoices electronically and transmit the data to the EIS in JSON format within three calendar days from the date of the transaction. Issuance and transmission can be done via the EIS portal or API connection.
Note that only authorized taxpayers are allowed to access the EIS. The taxpayer shall apply for the Permit to Transmit (PTT) in order to transmit the sales data to the EIS.
Required invoice content
Invoices must be serially numbered and show the following information (non-exhaustive list):
Names of the trading parties;
Taxpayer Identification Number (TlN), including the branch code, if applicable;
The business address of head office or branch.
Although no specific amount is mentioned in the announcement, a corresponding penalty shall be imposed for the delayed or no transmission of sales data to the EIS.
* According to Revenue Memorandum Circular 55-2019, Business Style refers to the business name registered with the concerned regulatory body used by the taxpayer other than its registered name or company name.
December 16 2021
Philippine BIR postpones e-invoicing pilot program to July 2022
The Philippines planned to launch the pilot program for e-invoices and e-receipts in January 2022, which has been deferred for six months.
The system is mandated under Section 237 of Republic Act 10963 (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act or TRAIN). According to the Act, large taxpayers and exporters are obligated to issue their invoices and receipts electronically and report their sales data to the BIR at the point of sale within five years from TRAIN taking effect, i.e., on or before 1 January 2023.
To promote the e-invoicing system adoption, the BIR has selected 100 large taxpayers to join the e-invoicing pilot of January 2022, which was postponed to July 2022. Further information and documentation have not been released yet.
Pagero is closely monitoring the developments in the Philippines and will notify our readers about the latest changes in due time.
August 29 2019
Philippines to implement e-invoicing program
The Philippines is the latest country in the Asia-Pacific region to advance on their e-invoicing regulations. Following in the footsteps of an increasing number of countries worldwide, the Philippine Government is planning to implement electronic invoicing controls by 2022 in order to facilitate tax compliance.
Although e-invoices have been recognised as a legal equivalent to paper documents since 2000, the recent move is a long-awaited push towards fully welcoming digital transformation into government practices. The changes will require a considerable amount of education for taxpayers on the new processes, as well as the need for businesses to invest in new in-house systems.
Steps toward digitisation
The Philippine Digital Transformation Strategy 2022, a document discussing the governmental strategy to achieve the digital transformation, was released by the Department of Information and Communications Technology earlier this year. The document outlines that the country aims to complete and deploy a new eGovernment system by 2022.
South Korea has played a large part in plans to develop an e-invoicing program in the Philippines. However, as the program is in early stages, a final decision regarding when and how the e-invoicing program will be deployed has not been made.
The Philippines Innovation Act
The Philippines has recently introduced a new law, the Philippines Innovation Act (the Act), to foster innovation and promote entrepreneurship. The government allotted 1 billion PHP (approximately EUR 17 million) for the law’s first-year implementation.
The Act highlights the importance of innovation in governmental policies and aims to boost growth and internationalisation among micro, small and medium enterprises while enhancing the welfare of low-income groups.
As established under the Act, the National Innovation Council (NIC) will be working to “develop the country’s innovation goals, priorities, and long-term national strategy.” The Council will develop a National Innovation Agenda and Strategy Document (NIASD) in its effort to establish the Philippines’ long-term strategies on innovation.