For corporations in the Philippines, the General Information Sheet (GIS) is a critical document that must be filed annually with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As a Filipino CPA, I emphasize to my clients the importance of this compliance requirement. Here’s what you need to know about the GIS and how to properly file it.
What is the General Information Sheet (GIS)?
The GIS is a form that contains key information about a corporation, such as corporate structure, shareholdings, and directorship. The SEC uses the GIS to ensure that corporations are transparent with their current operational status and comply with regulatory requirements.
The Significance of GIS Filing
The GIS provides the SEC with updated information about the corporation’s:
- Board of Directors
- Stockholders and their shareholdings
- Principal office address
- Contact details
- Other relevant data
When to File the GIS
Corporations must file their GIS within thirty (30) days after their annual stockholders’ or members’ meeting. For newly incorporated companies, the initial GIS should be filed within thirty (30) days from the date of incorporation.
How to Prepare for GIS Filing
- Hold Your Annual Meeting: Conduct your annual stockholders’ or members’ meeting to update or affirm the company’s data.
- Collect Accurate Information: Ensure all information about directors, officers, and stockholders is current and accurate.
- Complete the GIS Form: Obtain the latest GIS form from the SEC website and fill it out with the updated information.
- Board Approval: Have the form reviewed and approved by your board of directors.
Steps for Filing the GIS
- Notarization: After completion, the GIS form must be notarized.
- Submission to the SEC: File the notarized GIS with the SEC. Filing can typically be done in person or online through the SEC’s Electronic Filing and Submission Tool (eFAST).
- Keep Proof of Filing: Always retain a copy of the filed GIS and the receiving copy or proof of filing from the SEC.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
- Late Filing: Late filing can result in penalties or surcharges.
- Inaccurate Information: Inaccurate or incomplete data can lead to legal complications.
- Inconsistent Data: Ensure consistency with other submitted documents such as the Audited Financial Statements (AFS).
The Role of a CPA in GIS Filing
As a CPA, I advise and assist corporations in preparing their financial statements and other pertinent documents that support the information in the GIS. A CPA can help verify the accuracy of the data, especially with regards to shareholdings and capitalization.
Timely and accurate filing of the GIS is not just a regulatory requirement; it reflects the corporation’s commitment to good governance and transparency. As a responsible corporate citizen, adhering to these requirements is essential. If in doubt, always consult with a professional to guide you through the process.
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