Yesterday, I needed to visit the BIR in order to obtain a Tax ID Number (TIN). This number is used by the government in the assessment and collection of a myriad of taxes here, from income tax to VAT. Now, my income is wholly earned outside of the Philippines, so I’ve never needed to obtain […]
Living in the Philippines with a Permanent Resident Visa
If you want to live in the Philippines, a permanent resident visa will make life simple! Read articles in this category to get all of the information you need!
I got an e-mail this morning from Joseph. Joseph wants to live in the Philippines, and wonders about citizenship issues. Here is what Joseph had to say: Hi Bob, I am tired of life in America and I want to relocate to the Philippines. Can you tell me how to become a citizen of the […]
I got a note from Angela today with a question about becoming a Philippine Citizen. Here is what Angela had to say: I’ve been having a hard time finding information on this. I am an American and next year I will be marrying my fiancée, who is Filipino. We were planning on me living in […]
Prior to Christmas, giving you all something to ponder for the New Year, I’ve decided to point out some myths that you will often read online regarding business and the economy in the Philippines. It pays to know what you are talking about, should you decide to live here, and simply repeating common misconceptions does […]
A quick browse across many Filipino web sites, including this one, will reveal quite a bit of vitriol about, and confusion over, the various travel taxes in existence in the country. It is rather understandable, since, for many foreigners, aside from VAT, these are the most visible taxes they are likely to encounter, whether resident here, […]
Despite my current writing hiatus, there were recently several comments on my article about the 13a visa from last year. Since that time, I amended from probationary to permanent status, converting probationary to permanent in June. It was simple, but took three visits to Intramuros. Since there were several inquiries, here is the detailing of […]