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The BIR's ORUS: What you need to know


THE Philippines' Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has launched the Online Registration and Update System (ORUS), a significant upgrade to its registration and compliance processes. This new system aims to streamline various tax-related processes, making it easier and more efficient for businesses, professionals, freelancers and founders to manage their tax obligations. While it can be overwhelming to some to learn new requirements and procedures, we are here to simplify the process, share what ORUS is and share the implications of this new procedure for different stakeholders.


What is ORUS?


ORUS is the BIR's digital platform designed to facilitate online registration and updates for taxpayers. As part of the Revenue Memorandum Order 27-2020, BIR Digital Transformation road map 2020-2030 under Republic Act 11032, also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, ORUS aims to simplify processes such as obtaining a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), updating taxpayer information and securing various tax documents.


ORUS offers several key features:


  • Online TIN application: New taxpayers can apply for their TIN online.

  • Information updates: Taxpayers can update their registration details, such as business addresses and contact information.

  • Document requests: Requests for documents like Certificate of Registration (COR) can be made online.

  • Status tracking: Taxpayers can track the status of their applications in real time.


What does this mean for me?


ORUS can help businesses be more efficient when fulfilling their compliance requirements. The process will reduce time and help businesses monitor that information is up-to-date. ORUS can also help companies with multiple TINs and CORs streamline their operations.

For founders and freelancers, this means less time waiting in line due to bureaucratic procedures for applying for a TIN. This also encourages all entrepreneurs to formalize their operations and contribute to the economy. Important deadlines


While the BIR has not set a hard deadline for transitioning to ORUS, it is strongly recommended that all taxpayers familiarize themselves with the system and begin using it as soon as possible to avoid potential compliance issues. The BIR has indicated that future tax registrations and updates will be primarily processed through ORUS, making it essential for taxpayers to adapt to the new system promptly.


How to get started with ORUS


Getting started with ORUS involves several steps:


  1. Visit the BIR website: Access the ORUS platform through the official BIR website (www.bir.gov.ph). Look for the ORUS link on the homepage.

  2. Create an account: If you are a new user, you must create an account by providing your basic information. Existing taxpayers can log in using their TIN and registered email address.

  3. Verify your account: You will receive a verification email after registering. Click on the link in the email to verify your account and complete the registration process.

  4. Apply for a TIN or update information: Once your account is verified, you can apply for a new TIN or update your existing information.

  5. Submit and track your application: After submitting your application or update request, you can track its status through the ORUS dashboard.

  6. Download certificates and documents: Once your application is approved, you can download your COR and other relevant documents directly from the platform.


ORUS marks a significant step toward modernizing tax administration in the Philippines. It aims to make tax compliance more efficient, accurate and accessible for all taxpayers. Businesses, professionals, freelancers and founders are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this new system and use its features to streamline their tax processes.


Permitly helps businesses start. The registration process in the Philippines can be tedious, which is why we started offering business registration services. Permitly aims to simplify the business registration process, allowing entrepreneurs to focus on operations while we handle compliances. Contact us at our website at Permitly.ph, or on social media for a free consultation.

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