When filling out BIR forms, one of the things that you may need to input is your RDO code. So what are RDO codes and how do you know the correct code to enter? This article explains everything about BIR RDO codes, including a complete and updated list of codes as well as how to transfer your RDO.
RDO is the acronym for Revenue District Office, which is a unit of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that is tasked with providing assistance and services to taxpayers within a certain jurisdiction. Aside from providing frontline services to taxpayers such as the registration of tax identification numbers (TIN), the RDO also encodes data from tax returns and payment forms, conducts audits and field investigations of tax cases, and collects taxes through summary remedies.
At present, there are 124 BIR RDOs nationwide, and each one has its own set of tax records, which is why you can only transact with the RDO that you are registered with. There is no unified and centralized database system, as of yet, that allows you to access your records or transact with the BIR outside your RDO.
This means that if the RDO you are registered with is in Caloocan City, for example, but you are presently residing in Pasay City, you simply can’t visit the Pasay City RDO to update your taxpayer information. You will have to go to your RDO (in this case, the Caloocan City RDO) to personally transact with the BIR.
Fortunately, you can transfer your RDO to the one near you if you had a change of residence or business address. You can do this by filling out and submitting BIR Form 1905, which we’ll talk about later in this article.
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What is the BIR RDO Code?
The RDO code is a three-digit code that represents a BIR Revenue District Office (RDO). Every RDO is assigned this code which the BIR uses to keep tabs on tax collections within its jurisdiction as well as to process tax returns and payments received by the RDO.
The BIR RDO code is often required when accomplishing certain taxpayer forms such as BIR Form 1905. For the registration of new taxpayers, the RDO code will be provided by the BIR on the submitted application form. It’s important to keep a copy of your application form to avoid forgetting your RDO code.
Complete and Updated List of BIR RDO Codes
Below is the complete and updated list of BIR Revenue District Offices and their respective RDO codes. The information contained in this list is subject to change without prior notice.
How to Know or Verify Your RDO Code
If you don’t know (or if you can’t remember) your RDO code, you can recover it through any of the following methods:
1. Check Your BIR Forms
Perhaps you have a copy of your TIN application form or any duly-accomplished BIR form. The RDO code is usually written or printed on the upper-right portion of the form.
If you’re self-employed, you can look for your BIR Form 1901 and if you’re a corporate taxpayer, you can check your BIR Form 1903. If you’re a one-time taxpayer or registering under E.O. 98 (securing a TIN to be able to transact with any government office), you can look for your BIR Form 1904.
If you’re an employee, you may request for a copy of your BIR Form 1902 from the HR department of the company that registered you as a taxpayer on your behalf.
2. Call the BIR Hotline
Another way to retrieve your RDO code is to call the BIR Customer Assistance Division at their hotline number (02) 8538-3200. Airtime and long-distance charges may apply.
If you’re calling from your mobile phone, you may want to read this article to learn how to call a landline number using your cellphone.
For security and identification purposes, you may be asked to provide your complete name, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, TIN, and other personal information. Have a ballpen and a piece of paper ready in which to write down your RDO code.
3. Email the BIR
If you can’t call the BIR, you may try sending them an email requesting for your RDO code. The BIR email address is [email protected].
4. Visit the Nearest BIR RDO
If all else fails, you can drop by the nearest BIR RDO to request for your RDO code. Simply ask for a TIN verification slip and fill out all the required details. Give the slip to the officer-in-charge who will write your TIN and RDO code on the slip.
How to Transfer Your BIR RDO
Do you want to transfer your RDO because you have moved to a different address? You can do that by filling out and submitting BIR Form 1905 (Application for Registration Information Update/Correction/Cancellation).
You can download the PDF here. After downloading the file, print it on long bond paper (8.5″ x 13″).
Under Part I – Taxpayer Information, provide the following information:
- Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) – Indicate your 14-digit TIN. If your TIN only has 9 digits, just write “0” in each of the last 5 boxes.
- RDO Code – Write your present RDO code.
- Contact Number – Provide your telephone or mobile number.
- Registered Name – Write your last name, first name and middle name.
Under Part II – Reason/Details of Registration Information Update/Correction, mark with an X the box for “Correction/Change/Update of Registration of Information.”
Below it, mark “Change in Registered Address” and “Transfer to another RDO.” Afterwards, write the old RDO code in the “From” field and the new RDO code in the “To” field.
Also write down your new address including street, barangay, municipality/city, province and ZIP code. If you want to report other changes or updates, such as a change of contact number and email address, you can include them as well.
Go to the last section of the form (“Declaration”) and affix your signature over your printed name. Also indicate your title or position, if any.
After filling out the form, go to the RDO and submit the duly-accomplished BIR Form 1905 as well as your valid ID and any supporting documents (a list of documentary requirements are listed on the last page of the form). You can also email the form, along with your valid ID, to the email address of your current RDO.
Knowing your BIR RDO and its RDO code ensures that your transactions with the BIR are as smooth and seamless as possible. Keep in mind that you can only have one RDO code but you can transfer it should you have a change of address. If you have any issues and concerns with your RDO code, you can call the BIR Customer Assistance Division hotline (02) 8538-3200 or email the BIR at [email protected].