Doing Business in the Philippines

Doing business in the Philippines is relatively easy. The first step is to choose your business vehicle. In doing business, there are various forms of business entities to consider, the most common forms of which are 1) single proprietorships, 2) corporations, and c) partnerships. In a nutshell, single proprietorships are registered with the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) while partnerships and corporations are registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

After a business vehicle is registered, the next step is to apply for a business permit. This is done in the local government unit where the business will be conducted. Thereafter, for taxation purposes, the business must also be registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

For labor purposes, the company must also register itself and its employees with the Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth and Pag-ibig.

As can be gleaned above, setting up a business is quite simple to do. However, it must be borne in mind that there are certain businesses which are regulated by the government. Hence, such businesses will have to apply for the necessary authority and licenses to engage in such activity.

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