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Percentage Tax in the Philippines: What It Is and Who Files It

Percentage Tax in the Philippines: What It Is and Who Files It

Imagine a simplified tax system for specific transactions in the Philippines – that’s the essence of Percentage Tax (PT). It applies a flat rate of 3% directly on your gross sales or receipts, instead of the usual income tax rates. Understanding who needs to file this type of tax can be tricky, but Taxumo is here to help you figure out what Percentage Tax is and how to file for it.

What is Percentage Tax?

Percentage Tax is a flat-rate tax levied on certain transactions and income earned within the Philippines. Unlike the graduated income tax system,  Percentage Tax doesn’t involve brackets – it’s a straightforward percentage applied to your income. 

Who needs to file for it?

Here’s the key part: not everyone pays this type of tax. It applies to specific situations, primarily including:

  • Income from services rendered by professionals: Lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, and other professionals listed in the BIR Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 119-2019 and its amendments fall under this category.
  • Income from rentals: If you earn income from leasing properties like warehouses, apartments, or commercial spaces,  Percentage Tax might apply.
  • Other specified transactions: Certain sales of goods, service fees, interest income, and franchise royalties can also be subject to this type of tax under specific conditions.

Important Notes:

  • You shift from percentage tax to paying VAT or Value Added Taxes once you earn more than Php 3 Million Gross Revenues in a year.
  • Paying PT is not the same as paying income taxes. These are two different tax forms.

So, how do you know for sure if you need to file for it?

  • Check out Sections 116 to 127 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997: This document outlines which transactions and income are subject to  Percentage Tax.
  • Seek professional guidance: If you’re unsure about your tax obligations, don’t hesitate to reach out to vetted CPAs from Taxumo via the Taxumo Consult Service at

Remember: Filing PT late or incorrectly can lead to penalties and surcharges. Always prioritize accuracy and timely compliance to avoid unnecessary complications.

Key Takeaways:

  • PT is a simplified flat-rate tax applicable to specific transactions and income in the Philippines.
  • Understanding who needs to file this type of tax requires careful consideration of your income sources and exemptions.
  • Consult the BIR regulations and seek professional help if needed to ensure proper tax compliance.

By understanding Percentage Tax and clarifying who should file it, we can navigate the tax jungle with confidence, ensuring transparency and responsible financial citizenship. Let’s work together to build a tax-savvy community in the Philippines!

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