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Process of Canceling DTI Registration

Starting a business (sole proprietorship) in the Philippines involves several critical steps, one of which is registering your business name with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). But what happens when you need to wind down or change directions? Canceling your DTI registration becomes a necessary part of the process. Whether you’re closing your business, rebranding, or transitioning to a different legal structure, understanding how to properly cancel your DTI registration is crucial.

Here’s a comprehensive guide from Taxumo on how to navigate this process smoothly.

Reasons for Canceling DTI Registration

There are various reasons why a business owner might need to cancel their DTI registration, including:

  • Business closure
  • Change in business structure (e.g., from sole proprietorship to corporation)
  • Rebranding or changing the business name
  • Transitioning to a non-operational status

Steps to Cancel Your DTI Registration

Step 1: Prepare the Necessary Documents

Before proceeding with the cancellation, you’ll need to gather several documents, including:

  • Original copy of your DTI Certificate of Business Name Registration
  • Affidavit of Cancellation of Business Name (stating the reason for cancellation)
  • Any outstanding receipts and invoices issued under the registered business name

Step 2: Visit Your Nearest DTI Office

While some processes have moved online (check out, the cancellation of a DTI registration often requires a visit to your nearest DTI office. Here, you can submit the documents prepared in Step 1 and fill out any additional forms required by the DTI.

Step 3: Settle Any Outstanding Obligations

If there are any outstanding fees or obligations associated with your business name, these will need to be settled before your cancellation can be processed. This may include taxes owed, fees for late registration renewal, or other charges.

Step 4: Receive Your Cancellation Notice

Once your cancellation request has been processed and approved, you’ll receive a notice from the DTI confirming the cancellation of your business name registration. This document is important for your records and any future business endeavors.

Things to Consider Before Canceling

  • Tax Obligations: Ensure that all tax obligations are settled. Taxumo can assist you in verifying and fulfilling any outstanding tax duties to ensure a clean slate. Email to ask about this service.
  • Legal and Financial Responsibilities: Canceling your DTI registration doesn’t automatically absolve you of legal and financial responsibilities tied to your business. Consult with a legal or financial advisor to address any lingering obligations.
  • Future Plans: Consider how canceling your DTI registration fits into your long-term business goals. If you plan to operate under a new name or structure, understanding the registration requirements for that new path is crucial.

How Taxumo Can Help

Navigating the closure or transition of your business can be challenging, especially when it comes to fulfilling your tax and regulatory obligations. Taxumo is here to support you every step of the way. From ensuring that your tax filings are up to date, to providing guidance on the financial aspects of closing your business, our platform simplifies the process so you can focus on what’s next.


Canceling your DTI registration is a significant step that requires careful consideration and preparation. By following the proper procedures and settling any outstanding obligations, you can ensure a smooth transition for your business endeavors. Remember, Taxumo is here to help you manage the tax implications of canceling your DTI registration, making it easier for you to move forward.

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