2014 Filing of Audited Financial Statements with SEC Philippines

By: Tax and Accounting Center Philippines

For corporations and companies in the Philippines, filing of the audited financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for calendar year ending December 31, 2013 is past approaching. As such, we would wish to share some matters related to the filing of the audited financial statements with the SEC for reference and guidance as follows:

When to file audited financial statements with SEC?

Under SEC Circular number 16 series of 2013 dated 13 September 2013, the SEC prescribed the 2014 filing of the 2013 audited financial statements.  All corporations, including Philippines branch offices, representative offices, regional headquarters, and regional operating headquarters of foreign corporations that file their audited financial statements at the SEC Head office or at SEC Extension Offices in Davao, Cebu, Ilo-ilo and Baguio shall file their 2013 audited financial statements based on the last digit of its SEC registration number as follows:

  • SEC number ending “1” and “2” – April 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2014;
  • SEC number ending “3” and “4” – April 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2014;
  • SEC number ending “5” and “6” – April 28 and 28, 30, and May 2, 2014;
  • SEC number ending “7” and “8” – May 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2014
  • SEC number ending “9” and “0” – 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2014.

Prior to April 14, 2014, all corporations may file their audited financial statements regardless of the last numerical digit of their SEC registration number of license number. Any filing of audited financial statements after April 14, 2014 but before the prescribed date based on SEC number ending shall not be accepted.

What are included in audited financial statement to be filed?

For filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of 2013 audited financial statements in the Philippines this 2014, the following shall be its components for stock corporation:

  1. Cover Sheet;
  2. Original BIR or bank stamp “Received”;
  3. Board of Accountancy Accreditation (BOA) of external auditor;
  4. Statement of Management Responsibility over the audited financial statements signed by the following: (a) Chairman of the Board, (b) President or Chief Executive Officer (based on By-laws), (c) Treasurer or Chief Finance Officer or Comptroller (based on By-laws);
  5.  Auditor’s Report for paid-up stock of P50,000.00 or more, or Treasurer’s Certification for paid-up capital stock of less than P50,000.00;
  6.  Balance Sheet or Statement of Financial Position;
  7. Statement Statement of Cash Flows;
  8. Income Statement or Statement of Comprehensive Income;
  9. Statement of Changes in Changes in Equity;
  10. Notes to Financial Statements; and
  11. Supplemental written statement of external auditor on the number of stockholders.

Before the SEC officer will receive the audited financial statement, it will check whether all of the above applicable components are present, otherwise, it may not accept the same. Likewise, corporations shall need one (1) original copy of the audited financial statements plus three (3) photocopies thereof.

Late filing or non-filing of audited financial statements

Late filing of audited financial statements shall be accepted starting May 19, 2014 and shall be subject to prescribed penalties which shall be computed from the date of the last day prescribed based on the SEC registration ending. It could be a waste on penalties for late filing of audited financial statements. We would suggest you plan your compliance as early as possible, coordinate with your independent certified public accountant in the Philippines for the timely and appropriate compliance.

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