The BIR started accepting GCash payments for all types of taxes in 2016, and the need for it was highlighted during the coronavirus pandemic in 2021.
GCash is a time-saving and money-saving option compared to paying directly to the Authorized Agent Banks or Regional District Offices of the BIR.
If you want to know how to pay BIR using GCash, check out all of the details in this article.
What is the BIR?
BIR, or the Bureau of Internal Revenue of the Philippines, is a government agency under the Department of Finance.
It sets and collects taxes, fees, and charges for individuals, businesses, and other entities in the Philippines.
The BIR accepts payments through the cashier section at RDOs, over-the-counter at AABs, or online payments.
In some instances, a Revenue Collection Officer, a Deputized Municipal Treasurer, or the Office of the Commissioner may accept payment.
Why should I pay taxes using GCash?
GCash is an official partner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue for paying your taxes and other fees in the Philippines.
GCash is also reliable, as you can securely send your payment and guarantee that it will be posted in the system.
Even if there occurs any problem, it is easy to reach the customer support of GCash through the GCash Help Center or the hotline.
How to pay BIR using GCash
Here are the steps on how to make payments to the BIR using GCash:
Step 1: Open the GCash app on your smartphone.
Step 2: Tap the Pay Bills icon.
Step 3: Choose Government under Biller Categories.
Step 4: Search or scroll down to BIR.
Step 5: Select the form series, and enter the return period, 9-digit TIN, branch code, amount to pay, and email (optional).
Step 6: Check the details for any errors.
Step 7: Tap the Confirm button.
Step 8: Take a screenshot and download the GCash payment receipt.
What types of BIR fees can I pay with GCash?
You can pay any BIR fee through the GCash app, which would be classified under a broader Form Series:
- 0600 (Payment Form)
- 1600 (Payment Form)
- 1700 (Income Tax Return)
- 1800 (Transfer Tax Return)
- 2000 (DST Return)
- 2200 (Excise Tax Return)
- 2500 (Percentage Tax and VAT)
We have compiled the list of form numbers for each of the Form Series, with the additional description as available on the BIR website:
0600 (Payment Form)
- 0605 – Payment Form
- 0611A – Payment Form Covered by a Letter Notice
- 0613 – Payment Form Under Tax Compliance Verification Drive/Tax Mapping
- 0619E – Monthly Remittance Form for Creditable Income Taxes Withheld (Expanded)
- 0619F – Monthly Remittance Form for Final Income Taxes Withheld
- 0620 – Monthly Remittance Form of Tax Withheld on the Amount Withdrawn from the Decedent’s Deposit Account
1600 (Payment Form)
- 1600WP – Remittance Return of Percentage Tax on Winnings and Prizes Withheld by Race Track Operators
- 1601C – Monthly Remittance Return of Income Taxes Withheld on Compensation
- 1601EQ – Quarterly Remittance Return of Creditable Income Taxes Withheld (Expanded)
- 1601FQ – Quarterly Remittance Return of Final Income Taxes Withheld
- 1602Q – Quarterly Remittance Return of Final Income Taxes Withheld On Interest Paid on Deposits and Yield on Deposit Substitutes/Trusts/Etc.
- 1603Q – Quarterly Remittance Return of Final Income Taxes Withheld on Fringe Benefits Paid to Employees other than Rank and File
- 1604E – Annual Information Return of Creditable Income Taxes Withheld (Expanded)/ Income Payments Exempt from Withholding Tax
- 1621 – Quarterly Remittance Return of Tax Withheld on the Amount Withdrawn from Decedent’s Deposit Account
1700 (Income Tax Return)
- 1700 – Annual Income Tax Return For Individuals Earning Purely Compensation Income (Including Non-Business/Non-Profession Related Income)
- 1701 – Annual Income Tax Return For Individuals (including MIXED Income Earner), Estates, and Trusts
- 1701A – Annual Income Tax Return For Individuals Earning Income PURELY from Business/Profession (Those under the graduated income tax rates with OSD as mode of deduction OR those who opted to avail of the 8% flat income tax rate)
- 1701Q – Quarterly Income Tax Return for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts
- 1702EX – Annual Income Tax Return For Corporation, Partnership, and Other Non-Individual Taxpayers EXEMPT Under the Tax Code, as Amended, [Sec. 30 and those exempted in Sec. 27(C)] and Other Special Laws, with NO Other Taxable Income
- 1702MX – Annual Income Tax Return For Corporation, Partnership, and Other Non-Individual with MIXED Income Subject to Multiple Income Tax Rates or with Income Subject to SPECIAL/PREFERENTIAL RATE
- 1702Q – Quarterly Income Tax Return for Corporations, Partnerships, and Other Non-Individual Taxpayers
- 1702RT – Annual Income Tax Return For Corporation, Partnership, and Other Non-Individual Taxpayer Subject Only to REGULAR Income Tax Rate
- 1704 – Improperly Accumulated Earnings Tax Return For Corporations
- 1707 – Capital Gains Tax Return for Onerous Transfer of Shares of Stocks Not Traded Through the Local Stock Exchange
- 1707A – Annual Capital Gains Tax Return for Onerous Transfer of Shares of Stock Not Traded Through the Local Stock Exchange
1800 (Transfer Tax Return)
- 1800 – Donor’s Tax Return
- 1801 – Estate Tax Return
2000 (DST Return)
- 2000 – Monthly Documentary Stamp Tax Declaration/Return
2200 (Excise Tax Return)
- 2200A – Excise Tax Return for Alcohol Products
- 2200AN – Excise Tax Return for Automobiles and Non-Essential Goods
- 2200M – Excise Tax Return for Mineral Products
- 2200P – Excise Tax Return for Petroleum Products
- 2200S – Excise Tax Return for Sweetened Beverages
- 2200T – Excise Tax Return for Tobacco Products
- 2200C – Excise Tax Return for Cosmetic Procedures
2500 (Percentage Tax and VAT)
- 2550M – Monthly Value-Added Tax Declaration
- 2550Q – Quarterly Value-Added Tax Return
- 2551Q – Quarterly Percentage Tax Return
- 2552 – Percentage Tax Return for Transactions Involving Shares of Stock Listed and Traded Through the Local Stock Exchange or Initial and Secondary Public Offering
- 2553 – Return of Percentage Tax Payable Under Special Laws
What are the fees for paying BIR through GCash?
Paying the BIR through the GCash app is free of charge, and there are no transaction, processing, or convenience fees.
The only amount you need to enter is the actual amount you need to pay, as stated in your payment form.
What is the maximum amount I can pay using GCash?
The maximum amount of money you can send as payment for BIR through the GCash app is limited to 8 digits.
Logically, that is a 6-figure amount with up to 2 decimal places, but a GCash wallet has a limit of P500,000.
If you are a large taxpayer, remember that your GCash wallet can only have a P500,000 monthly incoming limit and a P100,000 daily outgoing limit.
Even if you are fully verified with a linked bank, GSave, GInvest, or Enterprise account.
If you meet the limit, you can divide your payment into multiple transactions.
Other ways to pay BIR fees online
You can use DBP Mobile Banking, LandBank Link.BizPortal, Moneygment, PayMaya, UnionBank Online, and other banking apps if you are enrolled in the eFPS or Electronic Filing and Payment System of the BIR.
How many digits is the branch code?
It can be three to five digits, and you can find it as the numbers after the first nine digits of your tax identification number.
Since GCash requires five digits, add zeroes at the beginning of your branch code.
Don’t forget that the branch code is different from the RDO code.
What is the Return Period?
The Return Period is the exact date of the last day of your concern, and it can be before or after your payment.
For example, the return period of annual registration is January 31st, while for the annual income tax return, it’s December 31st of the previous year.
Can I pay BIR using GCredit?
No, you cannot use GCredit to pay the BIR using the Pay Bills feature of the GCash app.
Do I still need to fill out the BIR forms when paying through GCash?
Yes, make sure to accomplish the relevant forms still even when paying through GCash, even if that’s online or on paper.
Even if you successfully sent a payment through GCash, it does not automatically mean that the BIR recognizes it.
You still need to file the forms regardless of your method of payment.
Do I need to print the GCash receipt as proof of payment?
When submitting forms, you need to attach the GCash payment receipt because it is a substitute for the BIR official receipt.
The staff at BIR will always look for proof of payment for transactions that need them.
Other proof of payment aside from the GCash payment receipt such as SMS may not be accepted.
What happens if I do not have a payment receipt?
If BIR asks for proof of payment from you and you cannot present one, it is deemed that you have not made a payment.
If it is a requirement for a new transaction, you will be forced to make a new payment, including the compromise fee and interest.
Therefore, it makes more sense to use GCash as your payment method because you have multiple opportunities to get the payment receipt.
Is an affidavit of loss accepted for payment receipt?
No, the BIR does not accept an affidavit of loss if you lost your payment receipt.
Even if you paid through the cashier at a BIR RDO, they could not generate a copy of the payment receipt.
Moreover, they claim that they cannot check your previous payments, and as such, you need to make a new payment to the BIR if a specific proof of payment is requested from you.
It may just be tedious to check previous records due to the large volume of payments being made to the BIR.
So don’t attempt to falsify a payment receipt just because a BIR officer claims they cannot check the system.
What if I got an error in generating the GCash payment receipt?
In the rare event that you could not download or take a screenshot of your GCash receipt, try to ask a BIR staff first if they will accept an SMS or email notification.
Generally, government agencies require the actual receipt regardless of other proof of payments.
If you have no other option, you can try to contact GCash customer support and request a copy of your receipt.
Though, if you are in a hurry, such as when it is the day of the deadline for payment, it is better to try to make another payment.
If you ended up paying double or more, you should wait for your other payment receipt copy.
You can use that receipt for future transactions but ask a BIR officer how the specific arrangement will be, such as carryover.
Can Smart subscribers pay BIR using GCash?
Yes, you can still make payments to the BIR even if you are not a Globe or Touch Mobile subscriber.
You need to have the latest version of the GCash app to avoid any inconveniences.
Can I make multiple payments to the BIR from one GCash account?
Some users may have experienced errors when trying to make more than one payment to the BIR in the previous years when using only one GCash account.
We have tested sending two consecutive payments, and they both went through without any problem.
If you have experienced other errors when using GCash for BIR payments, comment below.
How often is BIR offline?
There is no scheduled downtime or offline period at the BIR wherein certain transactions, including payments, cannot be processed by the cashier.
When this happens, it could mean trouble for those trying to beat the deadline at the last minute.
The staff may advise you to make payments through Authorized Agent Banks or GCash instead of waiting for the system to be online again.
How can I reach GCash if I have concerns?
If you want to report an issue or have some queries, you can call the GCash customer care hotline at 2882.
You can also submit a request at the GCash Help Center through the GCash mobile app.
A new option is to chat with Gigi, the GCash Virtual Assistant, at https://help.gcash.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.
Are there tax scams in the Philippines?
One of the tax scams reported by the media dates back to 2019 when tax clearance certificates were being used for money extortion.
But we all know that scammers are constantly honing their craft, and they cope with technology.
Don’t be surprised to receive emails or text messages related to tax payments or the BIR because they don’t send reminders in the first place.
Be careful with your bank or e-wallet account details if you are a known business owner.
How can I protect myself from tax-related scams?
The best way to protect yourself against tax-related scams is to be fully informed and only transact with official channels.
If possible, process your tax-related documents personally and store them securely.
When accessing websites, make sure you have a secure connection by checking whether there is the green lock icon or HTTPS indicator.
Your devices where you do financial transactions must also have anti-malware software, and the operating system must be up-to-date.
As a good measure, avoid public WiFi networks when doing financial transactions, or use a VPN when necessary.
Ensure that you maintain the physical security of your business documents containing sensitive personal information, as bad actors can use anything to sound more legitimate.
Lastly, dispose of digital and physical files securely to ensure maximum security for your business.
It is sometimes difficult to make your payments to the BIR, and GCash can help with that.
Use the GCash app for faster transactions and make sure you have more copies of your payment receipts.
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