THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) new issuance, Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 16-2013 (RMC 16-2013) clarified the tax treatment of deposits/advances given by clients/customers to their suppliers/providers. This new issuance is an offshoot of RMC 89-2012, which involves cash advances given to General Professional Partnerships (GPPs). Unlike RMC 89-2012, RMC 16-2013 covers all taxpayers, other than GPPs, doing business in the Philippines. The latter details all the tax implications to and obligations of the taxpayer and the client for purposes of recording and documentation of the deposits/cash advance made.