Hail the heavens for our blessings! As a freelancer, we have the ability to work anywhere in the world with just our laptop and a reliable Internet connection. We have found the middle ground. #blessed as some might say.
Amidst this bounty, we can't escape the King's cut. In the modern day, it's the dreaded taxes. Pay our dues we must to give back to our country and its development (hopefully).
Although with the Philippine taxation system, it might be really hard to comply. And after compliance, why are we paying so much?
The government heard your plea. With the TRAIN law rollout last 2017, we now have a choice to pick the 8% flat rate compared to the relatively onerous graduated income tax rates. (Assuming you have gross sales lower than 3,000,000 PHP annually). Here is a video summarizing the 8% tax rates:
But then, is it really beneficial for us? The answer would depend. If you are choosing which one to file, here are the reasons why you should avail of the 8% flat rate.
All freelancers need to file for percentage tax (3% of your gross sales) for the quarter and a separate Income Tax Return for the same quarter. If you file with the 8%, you are exempted from the percentage tax!
The most important reason: "would I save from it?". And this will depend on your income and expenses per year.
If you have relatively low expenses attributable to your business, for sure, you will have tax savings with the 8% tax rate. For example, you have a 50,000 PHP per month salary and a projected 10,000 PHP per month business expenses. Here is how your taxes would look like:
As you can see, you can save roughly 35,500 PHP in taxes, ironically, from a simpler tax scheme. That's more than 50% savings for your hard-earned money.
But not everyone has the same income and expenses. You can try checking out Taxumo's tax calculator comparison for a more customized result for you.
Great! I Find It Beneficial For Me! How Do I Avail It!
Take note, claiming this is not automatic. You need to update your Certificate of Registration (COR) every year to claim the 8%. To do this, just go to your RDO and get a form 1905 for updating your COR.
Just go to the officer of the day. They will assist you in what to fill up. Also, bring your old COR because they will replace it with a new one. After filling out the form, you will be able to pick up the new one after a few days depending on the queue of people in your RDO.
That's it! Have fun with your tax savings!
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