How to Prepare Your Business Tax Return

Are you an entrepreneur based in the Philippines? If so, preparing your business tax return may sound daunting — but it doesn’t have to be! Filing taxes can become much simpler with the proper knowledge and resources. Thankfully, we’re here to help make tax season easier for businesses in the Philippines. 

In this blog post, we’ll outline how you can prepare your business tax returns effectively and efficiently so that your tax obligations are met without stress or headache. Read on for all the insider tips and tricks about taxes — You won’t want to miss out!

It’s The Time of Year Again

Tax season! Preparing a compelling and accurate tax return can be daunting for business owners in the Philippines. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry – we have you covered. We understand that taxes are a necessary evil when running a successful business. We want to help make this process as painless as possible by providing practical advice on how to prepare your business tax returns easily. 

By following some simple guidelines and creating an organized system for filing your paperwork on-time every year, you can approach tax season confidently!

Understand Your Business Structure

Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation or Cooperative
Knowing the proper business structure is essential for any entrepreneur in the Philippines. A sole proprietorship is the simplest of all business structures and involves one person registering with the government to operate a business; partnerships involve two or more people, and while you may file tax returns together, each partner is personally liable, while corporations are separate legal entities that must file tax returns and pay corporate income tax and can limit their owners’ liabilities.

Lastly, cooperatives are made up of members to provide goods or services to themselves and their community—tax returns must be filed separately at both cooperative and individual levels. Understanding which type of structure works best for your business can help ensure the proper filing of tax returns in the Philippines.

Gather Relevant Documents for tax return

Income Tax Return (ITR), Annual Financial Statements, and Bank Statements
Taking care of tax returns in the Philippines can take time and effort. To make sure you do it correctly and take advantage of all potential tax deductions, it’s important to gather all relevant documents before getting started.

These documents usually include an Income Tax Return (ITR) that shows your total annual earnings, Annual Financial Statements that indicate how much you paid in tax on property or earnings and Bank Statements that reflect all savings, investments, withdrawals, and deposits within the same year. With these documents, you’ll find tax filing season a breeze!

Gather Business Records for your tax return

  • Accounting documents
  • Bank and credit card statements
  • Depreciation schedules
  • Partnership agreements
  • Payroll documents
  • Previous year’s business tax return

Also, you should keep these receipts and records to produce an accurate, exhaustive accounting of your revenue and expenses:

  • Sales records
  • Checking and savings account interest
  • Gross receipts
  • Employee wages
  • Contractor payments
  • Place of business rentals or mortgage
  • Advertising costs
  • Insurance premiums
  • Business transportation and travel expenses
  • Office supplies and equipment
  • Phones and other communication devices
  • Returns and allowances
  • Unclassified income
  • Professional fees

Pro Tip: Record and arrange company transactions using accounting software or a spreadsheet. Some systems compute income and deductions automatically for submitting tax returns. Finally, if these papers are preserved digitally inside the software, it will be simple to find them.

Figure Out Your Tax Obligations

Calculate your taxes on gross sales and income
Taxes in the Philippines can be a tricky and complex subject, so tax planning and filing can be daunting. To help you accurately figure out your tax obligations, it’s important to calculate your taxes based both on gross sales and income. Doing so will provide a comprehensive picture of your tax return in the Philippines, as tax rates are set according to income, profit, or loss levels.

Furthermore, understanding how tax deductions play into that picture is also key. You must consider all factors to avoid you missing out on tax savings opportunities or leading to owing money if you need to pay more throughout the year. Calculating your tax obligations properly is an important crucial step for any individual or business looking to maximize their financial situation by reducing their tax liability and negative impacts of taxation regulations—so make sure you do it right!

File for an Extension

If you can’t meet the April 15th filing deadline, request an extension from the Bureau of Internal Revenue
Tax season is upon us, and if you’re one of the many who can’t make a tax return by the Philippines’ April 15th deadline, don’t worry – you can always file for an extension. Reaching out to the Bureau of Internal Revenue to ask for an extension is a straightforward process – follow their instructions and submit your information, and you should be ready. With an extension, you get more time to review tax reports and documents so that everything will be accurate when it comes time to file. File for an extension today so that tax season doesn’t have to stress you out!

Submit All Necessary Forms

Fill up all relevant forms for corporations, such as Form 1701A and Form 1702
Filing tax returns can be quite a hassle, especially for corporations. Submitting all necessary forms is necessary to get ahead and stay compliant with tax regulations in the Philippines. Forms 1701A and 1702 are two of the most important forms companies must pay close attention to when preparing annual tax returns. Give yourself (and your accountant) some breathing room by doing your due diligence and ensuring all forms are filled out correctly in advance – this will save you countless headaches later on!

Double-Check Your Work

Check for errors before submitting your tax return to avoid penalties and fines
With tax season in full swing, there’s no better time to ensure your tax return is accurate and mistake-free. It’s as simple as reviewing a checklist of commonly made mistakes—missed deductions and tax credits, incorrect incomes reported, wrong Social Security numbers, and math errors. A single miscalculation can mean a hefty fine or potentially land you tax troubles in the future. Fortunately, it’s not too challenging to double-check your tax return in the Philippines!

All you need are copies of financial statements detailing income and tax credit information, along with the accompanying forms for filing taxes for each individual. Once all documents are accounted for, go over them so that you can spot any discrepancies easily and quickly address them. After all, is said, done, checked, and double-checked – your tax return should be ready to submit with confidence that no penalties or fines will come into play.


Preparing for taxes can be a manageable task! The discussed steps will help make the tax filing process more straightforward, efficient, and organized. By ensuring accurate taxation and taking advantage of tax reliefs, you can file your return with the assurance that everything is just as it should be. At Smart Financial Accelerators, we dedicate to helping you get on the right track no matter where you stand in your business journey. 

Let us help you maximize your tax strategies and ensure compliance! With our assistance, complex taxes don’t have to cause undue stress – a plan always allows! Plus, there’s nothing like a confidence boost from knowing someone is helping you through the process. Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us help give you a better perspective on what taxes look like for you or your business. Visit us online to check our services! Thanks for reading!

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