Employers can file Employer’s Annual Returns BIR56A plus IR56B, IR6036B plus IR56M and Employer’s Notifications IR56E/IR56F/IR56G through the Internet using the e-filing of Employer’s Return service under eTAX.
BIR56A and IR56B
When filing the annual Employer’s Return (BIR56A) online under eTAX, employers can opt to upload an XML data file containing up to 200 IR56B records generated by IRD IR56B Software or self-developed IR56B software approved by the Department. Employers with not more than 30 sets of IR56B records may even choose to complete IR56B directly online. Supplementary, replacement or additional IR56B can also be submitted via the e-filing of Employer’s Return service under eTAX.
IR6036B and IR56M
When filing the Employer’s Annual Return in respect of remuneration paid to persons other than employees (IR6036B) under eTAX, employers can complete up to 30 sets of IR56M records directly online. Supplementary, replacement or additional IR56M can also be submitted via the e-filing of Employer’s Return service under eTAX.
Other Employer’s Notification (IR56E / IR56F / IR56G)
Original/ replacement/ additional forms of IR56E/ IR56F/ IR56G can also be completed and submitted online via the e-filing of Employer’s Return service under eTAX. Multiple submissions in a day of up to 30 sets of forms each are accepted.
Benefits of the e-filing of Employer’s Return Services
Features of the e-filing of Employer’s Return Services
Details of the e-filing of Employer’s Return Services
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.1. Benefits of Internet Filing
- Easy and convenient
- A secure service operating day and night
- Integrity and confidentiality of data preserved
- Instant transmission of data and instant acknowledgement. No queuing or postage is required
- Less paper consumption and environment- friendly
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.2. Features of Internet Filing
- Fill in employer’s details once only, no need to repeat on each form
- Can submit an online completed BIR56A plus an upload data file containing up to 200 IR56B records generated from self-developed software pre-approved by IRD or IR56B software provided by Inland Revenue Department
- Can online complete and submit BIR56A with up to 30 sets of original form IR56B
- Can online complete and submit IR6036B with up to 30 sets of original form IR56M
- Can online complete and submit up to 30 sets of original/ replacement/ additional forms of IR56E/ IR56F/ IR56G and/or supplementary/ replacement/ additional forms of IR56B/IR56M in one go each time. Multiple submissions in a day are allowed
- Can select Chinese/English language for printing each individual form completed online
- Can save the online completed and submitted IR56 forms on individual basis for distribution to employee/ recipient
- Future filings made faster and easier. Personal particulars of the employee/recipient on the IR56B/IR56M completed online and submitted through the Internet in the current year can be saved and re-used.
- Designated person of the employer can sign under his/her personal eTAX account and submit the forms collectively online. No need to sign on each sheet of form
- Instant e-Acknowledgement of receipt will be issued through e-mail to employer and other persons nominated by employer
- Employer must input the “Employer’s Identification Code”(ERIC) printed on the Annual Employer’s Return to confirm the identity before submission. The “ERIC” will be updated every year
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.3. Details of the e-filing of Employer’s Return Services
The e-filing of Employer’s Return has the following two services: -
- Completion of Employer's Return Services (No need to login eTAX Account)
Any person appointed by the employer (the Preparer) can use the “Completion of Employer’s Return” service to fill in return information directly online, or validate a data file of IR56B records in XML format, irrespective of whether he/she has an eTAX account or not. The Preparer must input a Self-selected Key of 6 to 8 characters when he/she starts to complete a new return online. The Key will be used as an authentication for subsequent access to the return saved. The return completed or the IR56B records file validated must be signed and submitted by a designated person through the “Completion and/or Submission of Employer’s Return” service under his/her personal eTAX account.
- Completion and/or Submission of Employer's Return Service (Require to login eTAX Account)
Only an eTAX account holder in the following capacity (the Filer), through login his/her personal eTAX account, can use the “Completion and/or Submission of Employer’s Return” service to sign and submit Employer’s Return. The Filer can edit the return as appropriate before he/she signs and submits the return.
- Proprietor for a sole proprietorship business
- Precedent Partner for a partnership business
- Company Secretary, Manager or Director for a corporation
- Principal Officer for a body of persons
- For filers who are yet to have their own eTAX accounts, please go to http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/taxes/etax/etax_account.htm for eTAX account opening to enjoy the benefits of e-filing services.
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.4. Start Using the e-filing of Employer’s Return Services
5. User Guide
6. Online Demo