Know Your Taxes: How To File Income Tax Return

Know Your Taxes: How To File Income Tax Return

Business Tips, For Accountants, For SMEs
Who should file? If you are earning purely compensation whose income tax return has been correctly withheld [tax due equals tax withheld] If you have two or more employers If you are a non-resident alien receiving income from sources within the Philippines but are not engaged in trade or business If you have a business/practice profession income and your method of deduction is either an itemized deduction or optional standard deduction If you are a mixed-income earner (compensation and profession income) If you are an estate or trust engaged in trade or business If you have a business/practice profession income and you opted to avail of the 8% flat income tax rate If you are a non-individual (corporation or partnership) who are subject to a 30% income tax rate, exempt…
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Is Knowledge Really Power?

Is Knowledge Really Power?

Business Tips, For Accountants, For SMEs
If you had a television in the 1990s until the early 2000s, you might have heard Mr. Ernie Baron say, “Knowledge is power” right before ending his segment on TV. And if you believe in this statement, we feel you. We upheld this declaration from the moment we heard it until we came across another statement that’s taking quite a different route: Knowledge is not (enough) power. Before you raise your eyebrows up so high your hairline has to take a step back, let us define what knowledge and power are first. According to the dictionary, “knowledge” is a noun that means “facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; [it is] the theoretical or practical understanding [emphasis added] of a subject.” “Power,” on the other…
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What Challenges Do Accountants In The Philippines Face?

What Challenges Do Accountants In The Philippines Face?

For Accountants, For SMEs
Accounting remains one of the top choices for students for several reasons. We discussed this before, but here’s the summary. One, there’s a high demand--be it overseas or local. This probably gives the impression that it is a stable profession. Two, there’s a variety of environments. Accountants are needed in every industry; hence, they can pick whichever suits their taste. Three, it is a high-paying job. Nonetheless, this profession is not without challenges. We asked random accountants before and their sentiments seem to be the same. Here is an excerpt of what they said, copied verbatim: Kuripot at ayaw magbayad ng tamang tax na taxpayerF.E.U. Handling clientsJ.B. That you was hired as an accountant but at the end may others pala ( secretary, lawyer, collector, adviser)…hehehe 😄L.D.C. Yung GM. kala…
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One Person Corporation vs. Single Proprietorship

One Person Corporation vs. Single Proprietorship

For SMEs
Bakit hindi na lang single proprietorship? Bakit kailangan one person corporation pa? If you asked these questions, you’re not alone. So this article will discuss the differences between the two and outline the changes brought about by this newly signed law. What is Single Proprietorship? According to Chan Robles Virtual Law Library, a Single Proprietorship allows an individual to register his or her trade without the need of partners or any other person. In other words, it is the “simplest form of business organization.” It’s one of the reasons individuals opt for this type. What is One Person Corporation? As the term suggests, a one-person corporation is a corporation that does not require any other incorporators. One person is enough and even trust and estate can be a stockholder. With…
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How can your small business benefit from cloud accounting?

How can your small business benefit from cloud accounting?

For SMEs
Let’s agree:Your business, an SME, is the backbone of any economy. Without you, a country’s GDP will definitely suffer.But did you know that jumping into the cloud accounting bandwagon will help you contribute more to the country’s revenue? This is because, through online accounting systems, you can increase your enterprise’s efficiency and thus improve cash flow and give way to business expansion--resulting in more SMEs or bigger businesses.More specifically, here are some ways cloud accounting benefits you.Real-time visibility of financial statusCloud-based accounting software lets you see your company’s financial health in real-time. That is if you or your accountant religiously updates your financial transactions.With this information at hand, you can make informed decisions to steer your business to where it should be headed.It’s unlike the traditional method of accounting or…
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What is smishing and what can you do about it?

What is smishing and what can you do about it?

For Accountants, For SMEs
As the song goes, Christmas “is the most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately, it’s also the time when our security--offline or online--are at a higher risk.While we can’t tell you exactly how you can protect yourself from offline thieves and scammers, we can share what we know about the latest modus the digital crooks have and what you can do about it.Let’s start off with smishing.What is smishing?Cute as it may sound, smishing is a risky tool online thieves have been using for some time. In fact, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has an article dedicated to it warning us of its possible consequences.Smishing is a combination of phishing and SMS.So if you know phishing, smishing is the same thing except that it’s done via text messages. It may…
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3 Reasons Why Oojeema is the Best Small Business Accounting Software

3 Reasons Why Oojeema is the Best Small Business Accounting Software

For Accountants, For SMEs
Accounting and technology are, without a doubt, inseparable these days. Hence, it’s no longer a question of whether to get accounting software; rather, it’s about which accounting software to get.With the plethora of options in the market today, how do you know what will work best?Business News Daily identifies the following considerations, especially for small businesses:CostUsabilityFeaturesNow let’s see how Oojeema is a perfect fit for each of the items above.CostCompared to the most popular accounting software out there or even to the small business accounting software everyone’s talking about on social media, Oojeema is the most affordable.For only PhP800 a month, excluding VAT, it’s almost 50% less than its competitors. Even if you include VAT to its price, it is still way more affordable than others with the same features.UsabilityBeing…
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3 Benefits of Subscription-based Software

3 Benefits of Subscription-based Software

For SMEs
Consumer habits have changed recently from the one time trip to the grocery getting everything that’s needed for the entire month to the buying of goods on a weekly or daily basis. This comes as no surprise as the latter seems to be simpler and more hassle-free. It means you don’t have to take home a truckload of groceries you may not even be consuming for the rest of your life.Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies have seen this trend and started to cash in on it (for a good reason). In fact, reports say that these companies such as Dropbox and Salesforce have valuations on the rise because of this business model.But as a consumer, what benefits can you get from a subscription-based software?Benefits of Subscription-based softwareFaster ROIOPEX and CAPEX are two…
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New Withholding Tax Rates 2018

New Withholding Tax Rates 2018

For Accountants, For SMEs
Upon the approval of the tax reform bill, the BIR released the new withholding tax rates as seen on its website and the image below. As previously mentioned, those with compensation not exceeding 250,000 annually will be exempt from withholding tax while others will have to pay a staggered rate starting January 1. In other words, for the first salary of the year, usually January 15, Filipinos should expect bigger take-home pays compared to the previous month’s. However, you’re reminded that old tax rates still apply to your 2017 ITR, particularly the income you earned in that year. “The salary and earnings of us taxpayers in the previous year will still be taxed according to the old rates when we file our income tax returns (ITR) before the April 16…
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Accountant vs. Bookkeeper: Which One Should You Hire?

Accountant vs. Bookkeeper: Which One Should You Hire?

For SMEs
All businesses have financial records and transactions to keep track of, whether you’re flying solo or have a few individuals working for you. While you, as the owner, may do all the record keeping, we all know that it takes a lot of time and effort to do so.What you can do then is to hire someone—either an accountant or a bookkeeper—to help you with these endeavors. But which of them will fit the bill better?These descriptions of their responsibilities may help you select the better person. BookkeeperContrary to the beliefs of some, the tasks of an accountant and a bookkeeper are actually different. And hiring either one of them depends on your needs.A bookkeeper is a person who records your financial transactions daily. He or she ensures all transactions…
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