eBIRForms version 6.1 now available


After almost two weeks of unavailability, eBIRForms are now accessible. But aside from that, eBIRForms Offline Package version 6.1 has been released and it’s advised to use such version to minimize common problems encountered by the taxpayers. To download the eBIRForms v6.1, click the link below.

eBIRForms v6.1 Dowload

Release of version 6.1

In an memorandum issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) dated May 24, 2016, the informed the stakeholders of the following:

Please be informed that accessibility to/availability of the eBIRForms System has been restored. Further – to minimize common problems encountered by taxpayers/users of the system, we strongly recommend the use of eBlRForms Offline.  Kindly disseminate the aforementioned information to all concerned taxpayers under your jurisdiction.


Aside from that, the BIR, on the same date, issued a memorandum announcing the availability of the eBIRForms v6.1.

Please be informed that eBIRForms System is now available using Offline Package version 6.1. You are hereby enjoined that the foregoing information be disseminated to all concerned taxpayers under your jurisdiction. For your information and guidance.

Problems encountered

It’s to be noted that starting on or before May 19, 2016, the eBIRForms Offline Package v6.0 can no longer submit the eBIRForms due purportedly to the lack of internet connection. This happens despite of the several tries to submit the forms. Some netizen found relief by downgrading their current installation to version 5.0, since other newer and older version are not working as well. So in a short period of time, some taxpayers, but not all, were able to file their returns using eBIRForms v6.0.

For some who some taxpayers however, they complain that they can’t file using any version and were really pissed off considering that there is tremendous penalties that need to be dealt with especially when there are taxes due. Most of the tax filers brought their problems and frustrations to the social media, and some were successful in resolving it by downgrading versions.

What to do?

Just in case you will bump to similar problem in the future, make sure to call BIR Customer Assistance Division at Tel. No. 981-8888 or send an email to contact-us@cctr.bir.gov.ph and attach a screenshot of the error/s encountered.

We hope our problems in filing via the new version of the eBIRForms are now fixed. If you encounter any further issues, whether or not solved, do let us know so we can help you and you can help those with similar problems as well.

Some more reminders on the paper size and page set up for you to be guided.

Page Setup for Forms (Internet Explorer):

  • Margin — Left: 0.146 inches; Right: 0.148 inches; Top: 0.14 inches; Bottom: 0.14 inches (Note: Or whatever minimum margin allowed by the IE)
  • Page Size: Folio or Legal
  • Header/Footer: All six (6) boxes should be set to “Empty”.

Page Setup – Annual Income Tax Return (forms 1700, 1701, 1702-RT, 1702-EX and 1702-MX):

  • Check the “Print Background Colors and Images” option
  • Uncheck the “Enable Shrink-to-fit” option
  • Set the Margin settings — Left – 0.166; Right – 0.166; Top – 0.166; Bottom – 0.166
  • All Header and Footer measurements must be set to ‘Empty’

Paper Size

  • A4 – for all Annual Income Tax Returns (1700, 1701, 1702RT, 1702EX and 1702MX)
  • Legal size or Folio size (8.5″ x 13″) – for the rest of the forms

Happy filing! 😀

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this article are that of the author and information provided are for general conceptual guidance for public information and are not substitute for expert advice. Contact support@philcpa.org for more information and if you want to avail professional services. Find us on Facebook!

Orlando Calundan is a CPA who has exposures in FS audit of entities in various industries such as real estate, food/restaurants, manufacturing, service organizations and BPOs, automotive, holding/investment companies and more. He also has exposure on internal audit engagements.

    • Hi Ariel! If you are sure that you entered a correct e-mail address, you may want to check your “Spam” folder.

      • B ReyesG

        For this 2nd qtr submission, I tried using V6.1. Like Mr. Black’s experience, it went through but have not received any email confirmation. Not in Spam folder. What should I do to not miss deadline?

    • In the new “Edge”, there is an option there to open in Internet Explorer. I just don’t know if it’s the same in all computers.

  • Xycris Fuerzas

    Hi, we have a problem in setting the print dialog of the program. It always prints with headers and footers. We tried editing settings in MS Edge but somehow it has no effect. We are using MS Windows 10 on our laptop.

    • Edit the settings in the Internet Explorer, not Edge.

      • Xycris Fuerzas

        we tried in a Win8.1 unit editing settings in IE and it works! thanks.. something is wrong with Edge. Hopefully, BIR is more flexible in the future.

  • Jai Letran Catubig

    Sir , i already filled out all the needed data in the forms but i cannot validate and print it …. what should i do sir? hope .. you can help … Thanks!!!

    • What form are you trying to accomplish and what version are you using? Updated version is 6.3

  • Annedey Valencia Cruz

    goodpm po, nagsend po ako form pero nagka problem po ako sa nailagay ng email add. panu po kaya gagawin

  • Jun Panelo

    Anyone, please…

    eBIR 6.3 and 6.1 error pop-up message while sending returns (im using windows 7 64-bit, updated java 07/24/17);

    Line: 873
    Char: 3
    Error: The data necessary to complete this operation is not yet available.
    Code: 0
    URL: file:///C:/Users/admin/AppData/Local/Temp/%7BF8CEE068-E978-43EF-9047-8009081D995F%7D/js/string-util.js

    Thank you very much.. 🙂

    • Happy_Hanon^_^

      I’m experiencing the same problem. Can I ask if you already has a solution for this? thank you in advance

  • v5.0 no longer sending form to BIR returning warning message as 1. No internet connection 2. Slow internet connection and 3. Overly restricted firewall… pls. let me know how to fix..I am trying to submit 2551M for the month of November..

    • The current version is 6.3. Upgrading your version will help.

      • Thanks, if I install v6.3 will it retain my previous files created via v5.0?

      • Thanks Lee, installing version 6.3 fixed everything and retained all of my old submitted files intact.

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