Community Tax Certificate a.k.a Cedula

As part of my checklist in my recent trip to Manila is an application for new cedula or CTC. Its been quite long time since I get one, as far as i remember that was three years ago when I started working in my first company. I was surprised when I was asked if I am employed, and how much salary I am getting, I got toungue tied and speechless. Then I asked in return why. The cashier then replied the amount i am to pay will be based on my salary. Wth!

Alright, after several minutes thinking, having some people waiting, having prepared for it, considering the recent development efforts in our town, and the corruption happening in our country, I just paid what is due. If i am surprised, the cashier was even more surprised, even her co-cashier in the office. She asked me again if I am sure about it. She asked me again if I am really sure about it. She asked me again before printing the document, the third time. That was the funny part LOL. She said she seldom encounter people pay obove 100 pesos in cedula. Btw, Rosario, my town, is a small town in Batangas where people mostly depends on relatives working abroad or agriculture.

How many Filipino lied about the purpose of getting Community Tax Certificare a.k.a cedula. I can see and I know many people lied on real pupose of document. The current salary if working, the marital status, employment status, and purpose of the document. Applicants planning to use this document told the issuing officer, its for schooling. Some when asked how much is the current salary, says they are not working yet. Professionals earning big bucks says, they only get this x amount which is just quater of actual amount they are getting.

In most cities and municipalities, this is just bounded by trust. Trust on the words of the applicant on questions asked by the municipality treasurer. In some cases, the cashier ask for some support documents like previous ITR and business registration documents.

Community Tax Certificate (CTC) a.k.a as cedula is a document prepared, issued, and paid in barangay, city, or municipal office. It is a documentary requirements when filing an income tax return, registering a new business. In some cases, this also serve as an identification document if no available ID at the time like caught in traffic violation.

From Inquirer:“A person is required to present a cedula when he or she acknowledges a document before a notary public; takes an oath of office upon election or appointment to a government position; receives a license, certificate or permit from a public authority; pays a tax or fee; receives money from a public fund; transacts official business; or receives salary from a person or corporation.

Exempted are diplomatic and consular representatives, and visitors staying in the Philippines for less than three months. They can still get a cedula voluntarily for P1.”

When was the last time you get a community tax certificate. How much did you pay?

16 thoughts on “Community Tax Certificate a.k.a Cedula”

  1. last time i paid was last year. I paid over 700 pesos. I try to pay what is required by law nowadays so I feel am in the right to complain. hehehe

  2. The government already rips us off with our income taxes every month, and we still have to pay community tax, VAT, etc. It wouldn’t be a big deal if we can only be assured that all our hard-earned money goes to the improvement of government services, education, or what-not. This is all bureaucracy crap and a corruption tool that we inherited from the Spaniards.

      1. It is now! Starting this year, 2015, to get your BIR you Must present your cedula, which is valid for one year only. Next year you’ll have to get, and pay for, another one.

  3. hi! the last time that i get my cedula last jan2010 and i pay only 15.00..may i know how long the cedula will expire?does it has an expiration?

  4. i wasnt able to read the entire blog but with regards to paying over a hundred pesos for a cedula, a lot of us still do that. especially if the cedula is a requirement to get your bir 2316. although we did try to fake it one time. what we did was scanned an original cedula and photo shopped it to change the name and other details. it actually works. hehe. but kids, dont try this at home(or work). as for the few remaining filipinoes who still try to be honest in times of corruption,,, i salute you.

  5. Cedula is just another way that our government can corrupt from us. This document is basically useless since this can be obtained easily thus defeating its purpose as identity document. Moreover, why does it have to be based on your annual income when in fact, the government is already taking so much from us thru income tax. Bottomline is, cedula should be taken out as a requirement because this just adds up to our expenses.

  6. Kukuha po ako ng ctc para po sa requirements s pagkuha ng bahay. Wala naman ako business o trabaho, ung husband ko ay ofw sa saudi. Paano ko fill-up ung sa pagkuha ng ctc? Ano po ba ung tatanungin ng treasury?

  7. Is there a petition to remove this? I suggest to do this in not so violent manner. Go to EDSA or BIR office then tear the CTC just like the Katipuneros.

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