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THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to start pilot implementation next month of its new web-based system that will make it easier for taxpayers to issue electronic receipts or invoices and boost the tax audit capabilities of its revenue offices to ensure efficient tax collection.

The newly-launched Electronic Invoicing/Receipting and Sales Reporting System (EIS) will be implemented by the government’s main collection agency in July this year for identified 100 large taxpayers who are engaged in e-commerce, export of goods and services, and taxpayers registered under the BIR’s Large Taxpayers Service.

Under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, the BIR is mandated within five years from the effectivity from the law and upon its establishment of a system capable of storing and processing the required data to require identified taxpayers to issue electronic receipts or invoices and electronically report their sales data.

The system is equipped with three portals: EIS Taxpayer Portal, EIS Certification Portal and EIS Portal for Revenue Officers.

With the EIS Taxpayer Portal, taxpayers can use its facility to issue electronic invoices or receipts to their customs apart from storing and processing the required sale data, such as buyer information, sales amount, discounts, among others.

Moreover, taxpayers can also issue, in single or in bulk, their electronic invoices or receipts, issue correction documents, such as Debit Memo, Credit memo and other adjustment documents to a previously issued e-invoice.  They can also inquire into the history of the corrected e-receipts or e-invoices.

Taxpayers can also easily search for the desired e-receipts/e-invoices information by entering various search parameters, such as by type of transaction, by period, by customer, etc. Downloading of files is also available for taxpayers to check the details of e-receipts/e-invoices.

The portal also shows the statistics, including the total amount of e-receipts/e-invoices per period or per customer and also allows the the registration and management of customer.

Meanwhile, the EIS Certification Portal will help taxpayers create their sales data transmission system and request for their EIS Certification and finally to enable transmission of sales data, request for EIS Permit to Transmit (PTT). Requests for using the sandbox and Application Programming Interface (API) testing can also be done through this portal.

It also provides an API guide, which includes a development guide for sending invoices and asking about the EIS API processing result, samples that users can use as reference actual system development, among others.

Lastly, the EIS Portal for Revenue Officers will provide the BIR with reliable sales data that can be used by revenue officers in their tax assessment. This is expected to increase the agency’s productivity and improve their efficiency in auditing tax payment deficiencies and eventually collect more taxes for the government.

The Philippines and Korea earlier signed a Record of Discussions, which include the agreements on the undertakings of each of the parties including the funding of the pilot implementation of the e-Invoicing/e-Receipting and Sales Reporting Project.

For the development of the e-Invoicing/e-Receipting System, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) commissioned the services of Douzone Consortium.  KOICA also donated the software, and equipments comprising servers, storage and peripherals, 270 desktops, 130 laptops and 130 printers, that were turned over to the BIR.

The software and the said equipment were placed at the newly built state-of-the-art EIS Data Center, which the Bureau inaugurated on June 13. Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Inchul led the inauguration ceremony, together with Finance Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko and Finance Undersecretary Mark Dennis Y.C. Joven, BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay, KOICA Country Director Kim Eunsub and representatives from Douzone Consortium.