By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Tuesday that mixed income earners as well as estates and trusts filers may now start submitting their 2018 returns manually following the release of the revised BIR Form No.1701.
The circulation of the form was delayed due to changes in certain features to conform with the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.
Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa said the revised manual form is now available in the BIR website (www.bir.gov.ph) under the BIR forms-income tax return section following the signing of Revenue Memorandum Circular 37-2019 by Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay.
He said the form is not yet available in the electronic filing and payment system (eFPS) and eBIRForms.
Guballa said eFPS and eBIRForms filers shall temporarily use manual return in filing and paying taxes, until such time that they are available in the electronic system.
Manual filers should download the portable document format (PDF) version of the form and fill out the applicable fields.
Manual payments can be coursed to authorized agent banks, or via online like the GCash mobile payment of Land Bank of the Philippines for those with Bancnet ATM/Debit cards, or Development Bank of the Philippines tax online for holders of VISA/Master credit cards.
The BIR resorted to manual filing to provide opportunity to this group of taxpayers to file their returns early, ahead of the April 15 deadline.