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.

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