Professional Tax Receipt (PTR) Made Easy: Simplify Your Tax Obligations

If you’re a professional in the Philippines, you know that paying taxes is an important part of practicing your chosen career. Without the correct paperwork, you may face repercussions like penalties. But let’s face it, dealing with tax paperwork can sometimes feel like decoding a secret language. Fortunately, it’s not as daunting as it seems, especially if you secure the help of a reliable accounting firm. To help you out, check out the simplified process on how to obtain your Professional Tax Receipt (PTR) a breeze.

What is a PTR?

Well, think of it as your golden ticket to practicing your profession without any worries. It’s a proof of your annual payment of professional tax, as mandated by Section 139 of the Local Government Code. Having a valid PTR is crucial, as it serves as evidence of your professional license and allows you to pursue your passion.

To serve as evidence of your professional license, it is crucial to include your PTR number in important documents such as deeds, prescriptions, receipts, books of account, reports, designs, surveys, and more. Without a valid PTR, practicing your profession will be difficult. You may be subjected to a BIR audit and investigation without one.

Who needs to get a PTR?

If you’re a registered professional under the authority of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) or a lawyer under the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, then it’s time to get your PTR game on. It’s essential to have a valid PRC ID to demonstrate that you’ve aced the licensure exam. However, if you work exclusively for the government or any government agency, you can give the PTR a pass.

What are the Requirements to Secure a PTR?

If it’s your first time getting a PTR, you’ll need a PRC ID and an Authorization Letter or Special Power of Attorney if someone else is applying on your behalf. Don’t worry if you don’t have your PRC ID yet; you can get a certificate issued by the PRC as an alternative proof of your license. Just make sure to check with your Local Government Unit (LGU) if they accept it, or better yet, apply for your PRC ID.

If you’re a returning PTR champ, you’ll need to present a copy of your previous PTR for the renewal. That’s why it’s important to organize all your records with impeccable bookkeeping.  You’ll bring it to the Treasury Department of the City that has jurisdiction over your professional office. This is where everything happens. You’ll pay for your PTR at the local government unit, and voila, they’ll issue you the PTR you need.

How Much Will It Cost to Get This?

The price may vary, but fear not, the Local Government Code has your back. It states that the cost of your PTR should not exceed PHP 300. Keep in mind, though, that failing to pay your PTR on time can lead to penalties, interest, and surcharges. So, be a responsible professional and renew your PTR annually to avoid those extra charges. If you need assistance, our accounting pros are here to help you stay on top of your game.


Speaking of timing, mark your calendar for January 31! That’s the deadline for paying your PTR at the beginning of the year. Paying on time ensures that your PTR covers the current year, allowing you to continue practicing your profession seamlessly. Don’t let that deadline slip by; otherwise, you might find yourself in a sticky situation.


Now, let’s answer some burning questions you may have:


  1. “When will the PTR expire?” – Your PTR expires on December 31 of the year it was issued. So, make sure to renew it promptly to avoid any interruptions in your professional journey.
  2. “Do LGUs accept PTRs issued by other LGUs for renewal?” – Absolutely! The beauty of it is that you can renew your PTR at the LGU where you primarily practice your profession. So, no need to worry about hopping from one LGU to another. Your PTR is recognized across the board.
  3. “How many times do I need to pay for PTR if I practice more than one profession?” – Pay attention, multitasking professionals! The number of times you need to pay for PTR corresponds to the number of professions you practice. So, if you’re a triple threat, prepare to pay for PTR three times.
  4. “Is there a difference between PTR and occupational tax receipts?” – Yes, indeed! PTRs are for licensed professionals like you, while occupational tax receipts are for our non-licensed professional friends. 

Don’t let the PTR process overwhelm you. Our reliable accounting firm is here to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Let our experienced team of accounting  pros guide you through the process, handle the paperwork, and make sure you obtain your PTR in no time. Take control of your professional tax obligations and reach out to us today! We’re here to make PTR easy, fun, and stress-free. With the correct paperwork, you can practice your profession without worries.