Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
And at the end, the Duke, who rules over Arendelle’s foremost trading partner, is told that Arendelle is severing its ties with the Duke’s ‘Weaseltown.’ This is meant as some kind of righteous punishment for the opportunistic Duke, but little thought is given to what happens to the economies of Arendelle and Weaseltown when trade is interrupted. After all, they would have supposedly been trading for each one’s mutual benefit, and not for exploitation of resources. But whatever. What’s important is Arendelle folk have a skating rink, right?
Monday, April 14, 2014
The state itself is the problem, not by any means the solution.
Anarchism alone recognizes what makes human nature work. What are the political conditions that allow man, who is inescapably profit-oriented, to cooperate with others for mutual benefit?
Thursday, April 10, 2014
So after four days, and a conservative four hours total waiting time (excluding travel, form-filling and all), I got a certificate of registration (COR) for my new venture.
This Rappler article was really helpful: http://www.rappler.com/business/53578-self-employed-how-to-register-bir
It presumes however that you already have a tax identification number, which is a whole different monster from registering a business, requiring barangay clearance and whatnot.
Luckily for me, I didn’t need too many requirements. Since I was applying to be self-employed, registering in my name and with my home as business address, they only asked for a:
Birth certificate and
An ID photocopy.
I also prepared an:
Affidavit as to my fees and manner of billing, pursuant to the BIR RR 4-2014.
This was how it happened for me, the simplified version:
Day 1 - Got the forms from the BIR, nos. 1901 (for self-employed registration) and 0605 (for payments). The forms are no longer available on the BIR website, God knows why.
Day 2 - Paid the registration payment fee of P500 at a bank in my revenue district, using BIR form 0605, four copies. I guess most banks wherever you live will accept. You can also pay in the BIR, but for me, the BIR branch had ran out of slots for payment and I had to go back to my neighborhood.
I also had to transfer my TIN to a revenue district office (RDO) where my address is now located. Luckily for me, both RDOs are of the same branch. If you’re just getting a new TIN, this won’t matter.
Day 3 - Went back to the BIR to give my filled up application for registration (1901), three copies, and submitted my birth certificate, photocopy of ID, and affidavit of billing crap. Was then told to go to an ‘Officer of the Day’ in a separate cubicle, who, after telling me what taxes I was obligated to pay, signed my application. I was then told to return three days later, for my COR.
Day 4 - Bought a documentary stamp elsewhere in the BIR building, you can ask around where to buy one. P15. And I had no line to deal with. Then lined up to get my COR, where they attached the documentary stamp.
BIR employees are like regular people with thoughts and feelings, but because it’s competition-free, they can be arrogant jerks. One girl was being told to go to Makati where her TIN was registered, so as to be able to transfer to her desired RDO. And when she left, the BIR personnel laughed at her for voicing her frustration, also eliciting laughs from taxpayers waiting in line.
I wanted to admonish the BIR person, who was handling my papers, by saying “Come on, don’t laugh at her. She’s a taxpayer. It’s hard enough dealing with the bureaucracy here.”
[My note: Imagine if a McDonald’s employee made fun of a customer in front of other customers for ordering a pizza. And these government folk think it’s all in a day’s work. Disgusting.]
But I didn’t say anything, which may have been practical, considering what they can do to my files.
So overall quite a hassle, but not as bad as I thought it would be, in fact.
So I have my COR, and now what’s left is to get some receipts printed. You’ll need BIR form 1906, ‘Authority to print,’ for that. An accountant can deal with filing that stuff for you and getting the receipts for your use.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
In addition, Bitcoin is still a great way to transfer money elsewhere almost instantly. It remains to be seen though if additional taxes will remove its advantage in contrast to Paypal or Western Union.