Frequently Asked Questions

 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (PERA FAQ)
 
1. What is PERA?

PERA, the acronym for PERSONAL EQUITY and RETIREMENT ACCOUNT, was signed into law on August 22, 2008 under Republic Act No. 9505. This is a voluntary retirement account, which an individual can set up for his/her exclusive use and benefit. As such, PERA should be considered for long-term savings and investments to help Filipinos prepare to a more comfortable retirement.

2. What benefits can an individual get from PERA?

1. Income earned from PERA is tax-free.

2. Annual contributions are eligible for tax benefits.

        • Contributions paid by the individual contributor are eligible for a 5% tax credit.

        • Contributions paid by the employer are not subject to withholding tax on income.

3. In case of contributor’s death, PERA assets are exempted from estate tax.

 

To get the full tax benefits of PERA, use your PERA funds when you are at least 55 years old and have made a least five (5) years contribution. Otherwise, you will be penalized by paying BIR 20% from your total earnings and all the annual tax credits.

 

3. How can an individual qualify to open a PERA and be a Contributor?

An individual who (1) has the capacity to contract and (2) possesses a Tax Identification Number (TIN) can already qualify to open a PERA and be a CONTRIBUTOR.

 

The individual/ CONTRIBUTOR will need to go to an *accredited ADMINISTRATOR to open his PERA and make his regular contributions to his account.

 

*BDO was the first institution in the country to be given approval to become a PERA Administrator, after hurdling the pre-qualification requirements by BSP and being accredited by the BIR.  See functions of the PERA Administrator in FAQ No. 11.

 
4. I am an Overseas Filipino (OF) but I do not have a TIN. How do I secure my TIN so I can be eligible to open a PERA?

Per Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 103-2020, OFs can submit the application for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) either:

 • Manually through an authorized representative; OR

 • By the OF himself/herself via electronic mail (email)

  Through an  Authorized Representative OF himself/herself via electronic mail (email)

What are the requirements?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit the following documents :
1. BIR Form No. 1904 (2 originals)
2. Any government-issued  ID (1 photocopy)
3. Marriage contract, for married  female (1 photocopy)
4. Special Power of Attorney (SPA)
5. Any government-issued ID  of the authorized representative  (1 photocopy)
6. For First Time Job Seeker – Barangay certification that the applicant  is a resident  of the barangay and is a first time job seeker (1 certified true copy)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Submit scanned copies of the following documents:
1. Duly accomplished and signed BIR Form No. 1904 (Annex A);
2. Passport (Bio page include date of exit/departure stamp if applicable)
3. In lieu of Special Power of Attorney, as proof of absence in the country and account opening with banks, Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); or any official document showing that he will earn or has earned income in a foreign country in the year of PERA contribution;
4. In case of legitimate spouse of the Overseas Filipino, the marriage certificate shall be submitted in addition to items from 1 to 3 mentioned above.
Where to submit? The application of TIN shall be filed at the Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 39 South Quezon City Email  the application at rdo_39css@bir.gov.ph
What is proof of registration?
NO TIN card will be issued. 
BIR Form No. 1904 duly stamped and received indicating the TIN issued shall serve as proof of registration
NO TIN card will be issued. 
The acknowledgement receipt/reply to the email is sufficient proof of receipt of such application.
 
5. What type of PERA Contributor are you?

PERA Contributors can either be Local or Overseas Filipino (OF) but further classified as follows:

 

Local PERA Contributor

A Filipino citizen who is working or deriving income from the Philippines.

- An Employed Individual receiving purely compensation income from an employer.

- A Self-employed Individual deriving income from the conduct of trade or business and/or practice of profession.

OF PERA Contributor

- An individual citizen of the Philippines who is working or deriving income from abroad.

- An individual who retained or reacquired his Philippine citizenship under RA 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003) and is working or deriving income from abroad.

 

6. How much can one contribute to his PERA?

The Contributor can contribute for as low as 1000 or as may be set by the specific Product Provider but following maximum annual qualified contributions set under the law:

 

Contributor Type Maximum Annual Qualified Contribution

Local Filipino

  • Locally employed

  • Self-employed

PHP 100,000 per calendar year
Overseas Filipino (OF)  PHP 200,000 per calendar year

 

Contributions to the PERA amounting to more than Php100,000 or Php200,000, as the case may be, shall not be accepted by the Administrator under the PERA.

 

Employers who also contribute to its employee’s PERA may do up to the extent of the maximum annual qualified contribution. The annual limit is shared if both the Employer and Employee pay the contributions in PERA. 

 
7. As an OF, how do I take advantage of the maximum annual qualified contribution for OFs?

You are initially allowed to contribute a maximum of P100,000 annually. For the year that you would like to increase your maximum annual contribution to P200,000, kindly submit any of the following: 

 

a. Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA)

b. Current employment certificate from existing employer

c. Original copy/certified true copy of existing employment contract

d. Valid employment identification card issued by the employer abroad

e. Copy of work permit/ visa or re-entry permit

f. Sworn certificate made before a Philippine Consul 

 

For married Overseas Filipinos (OFs) who cannot directly open a PERA via the digital channel, his/her legitimate spouse or child based in the Philippines may represent him/her in opening a PERA at the BDO-TIG head office. 

 
8. How can I open a PERA with BDO as the Administrator?

All you need is a BDO Savings/Checking enrolled in BDO Online Banking to open a PERA and follow these steps:

     • Log-in to your BDO Personal Online Banking account

     • Access BDO Invest Online

     • Click on PERA Initial Opening and follow the steps beginning with PERA eLearning.

 

For Locally Employed Filipinos have a copy of your latest Income Tax Return (ITR) on hand as reference for the following:

     - Employer's TIN

     - Employer's Name

 
9. Where can a PERA Contributor invest his PERA contributions?

The law requires that PERA shall be invested solely in Qualified/Eligible PERA Investment Products duly approved by the concerned Regulatory Authority.  

 

The PERA Contributor can choose to invest up to a maximum of 5 of these PERA Investment Product Category:

a. unit investment trust funds

b. mutual funds

c. annuity contracts

d. insurance pension products

e. pre-need pension plans

f. shares of stock or other securities listed and traded in the local stock exchange

g. exchange-traded bonds

h. government securities

i. any other category of investment products or outlets which the concerned Regulatory Authority may allow for PERA purposes

 
10. Who are the major PERA participants and what are their respective functions?

The major PERA participants are the following:

 

PERA Participants BDO Roles
Administrator An entity which has been pre-qualified by the concerned Regulatory Authority (BSP, SEC or IC) and accredited by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and is responsible for administering and overseeing the PERA of the Contributor. ✔ 
Custodian
A separate and distinct entity unrelated to the Administrator, accredited by the BSP to take custody of PERA assets. PERA Custodians are classified as Cash Custodians and Securities Custodians.
- Cash Custodian - receives all funds in connection with the PERA; receives instructions from the Administrator with regard to the custody and disposition of all PERA funds and reports to the Contributor, the Administrator and the concerned Regulatory Authority all PERA financial transactions and funds.
- Securities Custodian - maintains custody of all securities, evidence of deposits or investment; receives instructions from the Administrator with regard to the custody and disposition of non-cash PERA assets; and reports to the Contributor, the Administrator and the concerned Regulatory Authority all PERA financial transactions and funds.
 
Product Provider  An entity that provides and sells accredited PERA investment products ✔ 

Investment Manager

(optional)

A regulated entity accredited by the concerned Regulatory Authority and authorized by the Contributor, pursuant to a written investment management agreement, to make investment decisions for his PERA.  

 

11. What are BDO’s functions as a PERA Administrator?

BDO was the first institution in the country to be given approval to become a PERA Administrator, after hurdling the pre-qualification requirements by BSP and being accredited by the BIR. Our functions as a PERA Administrator are as follows:

  1. Educate and inculcate financial literacy in the Contributor
  2. Open the PERA account/s in the name of the Contributor
  3. Receive and record cash contributions from the Contributor for investment in PERA products
  4. Implement the Contributor’s and/or his Investment Manager’s instructions on where to invest the PERA funds
  5. Ensure PERA contributions are invested and reinvested
  6. Observe PERA contribution limits for tax purpose and enforce withdrawal limits
  7. Report to BIR and the Contributor the PERA contributions and withdrawals
  8. Compute the values of investments and report them to the Contributor, the concerned Regulatory Authority and the BIR
  9. Custodize cash and securities comprising the PERA with the custodian
  10.  Apply for BIR Income Tax Credit Certificates for the Contributor
  11. Ensure taxes and penalties relative to PERA are paid to the government
  12. Keep and consolidate records of all contributions, investments, earnings, expenses and withdrawals from the PERA, the valuations of the PERA assets and make regular reports to the Contributor and concerned Regulatory Authority
 
12. As a PERA Product Provider, what are the PERA Products being offered by BDO?

BDO, as a PERA Product Provider, offers these BDO PERA Unit Investment Trust Funds (PERA UITFs) which are duly approved by the BSP and has been granted by the BIR the tax-exempt privileges on all income earned from its investments and reinvestments 

To know more about each of the BDO PERA UITFs, please click on the particular Fund's name from the list above.

 

13. What can be considered as an early withdrawal of PERA and are there penalties to it?

The primary purpose of PERA is for the individual Contributor to do a long-term retirement planning preparation.  Thus, the full benefits of PERA can only be availed during a qualified withdrawal where the PERA contributor has already reached at least 55 years old and has contributed at least five (5) years to his PERA but not necessarily in consecutive years. In BDO, we originally termed this as the 55 and 5 rule.

 

As such, any withdrawal prior to the satisfaction of the 55 and 5 rule will be considered as an early withdrawal to PERA subject to the following penalties:

  1. The five percent (5%) tax credit given to the Contributor for the entire period of the PERA;
  2. A flat rate of twenty percent (20%) based on the total income earned by said account from the time of its opening/creation up to the time of withdrawal.

 

However, early withdrawals due to the following are EXEMPT from penalties:

  1. Withdrawal proceeds are transferred to another PERA Investment Product Provider and/or another PERA Administrator
  2. Accident or illness-related hospitalization expenses in excess of 30 days (should present a notarized doctor’s certificate.)
  3. Total Permanent Disability (should present a certification from the pertinent government agency that the Contributor has been subsequently rendered permanently totally disabled)
  4. Distribution of withdrawal proceeds to beneficiary/ies in case of Contributor’s death
 
14. How can I withdraw/terminate my BDO PERA?

To withdraw your PERA investments and terminate your PERA, you will need to fill-out and submit the PERA Notice of Withdrawal/Termination form to your BDO Branch of Account and they will take care of forwarding this to BDO Trust. You will also need to sign the PERA Quitclaim form after we have rendered the final accounting of your PERA for the release of the PERA proceeds.

 

Please send an email to trustcustomercare@bdo.com.ph and we will provide the forms and instructions.