Taxes. Everyone pays taxes. You pay taxes whenever you earn a salary (depending on the TRAIN law), you pay taxes when you operate a business, and you even pay taxes when you’re buying something from the store. Taxes are an unavoidable part of modern life as it’s how governments earn money.
You will, at some point in your life, have to get a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and it’ll be the one you will use for the rest of your life. You can only have ONE TIN by the way as it’s illegal to have more.
Why do you need a TIN? There are lots of government, bank, or other official transactions where you’ll need to provide one, and in today’s online gig economy, if you want to start an online business, do freelance work online, or even earn money as a YouTube or Twitch Streamer, you’ll need to have a TIN to monetize and start earning money.
Here’s how to get a TIN and a TIN ID here in the Philippines.[Read more…]