The futility of signing up to BIR’s eFPS
I’ve been trying to enroll to the eFPS of the BIR and I keep getting this message: “The TIN and/or Branch Code you entered does not exist in the eFPS Registration database.” So I e-mailed them asking for help, and this is part of their response:
Stated hereunder are the requisites for availment of the eFPS system:
• Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) should be registered in our BIR Integrated Tax System (ITS) (please be informed that the BIR- ITS is a system internal to the Bureau of Internal Revenue and access thereto is only allowed to BIR personnel)
• Certification authorizing any of the two (2) officers designated to file the return under Section 52 (A) of the Tax Code (President or other principal officer, and Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer of the Corporation) who shall enroll for the system usage;
• Enrollment to eFPS;
• Enrollment to eFPS Authorized Agent Bank (AAB);
Um. How can I avail the eFPS if I can’t enroll to the eFPS to begin with? This is just completely useless information. What’s more, I’m also not the only person who encounters this particular difficulty. I can’t figure out why the BIR claims to want to make filing taxes easy and yet it’s making registering to the system so hard.