So, you’ve moved to Peru in search of adventure, love, or just a new future. And you just landed a job… congrats! Oh, but what’s this… they tell you that you need recibos por honorarios? What does that even mean in English?!
Recibos por honorarios basically means receipts for fees. They are the Peruvian government’s way of keeping up with how much money you make. And they’re the way that the company you are going to work for will pay you. And, welcome to the 21st century… it’s all done online!
But before you can get your recibos you need a RUC (a number identifying you for tax purposes), and before you get your RUC, you’ll need your Carnet de Extranjería (C.E.). Once you’ve got that, you’re ready to get your RUC and get to work!
1. Find a local SUNAT office and plan your trip. I suggest going after lunch, because it’s usually least busy.
2. Obtain two copies of your Carnet de Extranjería.
3. Get a copy of a light or water bill from your landlord. You’ll need the original as well.
4. IF the bill has your name on it, proceed to step 6. If it has your landlord’s name on it, go to number 5.
5. Since your name isn’t on the bill, SUNAT will need a filled out paper (from SUNAT’s office) with your name, carnet number, and signature, and your landlord’s name, their DNI number, their signature, and a photocopy of their DNI, basically saying they’re giving you permission to use the address and bill to get your RUC. Thankfully, our current landlord was willing to help us and entrust us with their DNI number!
6. Take the copies and originals to SUNAT, get a number, and wait until your number is called.
7. Once called, proceed to the correct desk/worker. Tell them you “necesito un RUC y recibos por honorarios, por favor.” (RUC & receipts, please!)
8. The worker will enter your info into their computer, you’ll need to sign a few papers, put your C.E. number, and fingerprint. (It’s not official here without a print of your pointer finger!)
9. He/She will print a final paper with your brand new RUC number and Clave Sol, which is the account you enter online to submit a recibo por honorario.
10. You tell your new employer your RUC number, and you’re good to go! Then, at the end of the month, you enter your Clave Sol into SUNAT’s webpage and create a new recibo for your work.
This process took about an hour… the SUNAT office is located a short bus ride away, so we went there, realized we needed their form for #5 above, went back home to get it signed and a copy, then headed back to the SUNAT office. Once inside, the wait was short, and it took about 5 minutes for the worker to do my paperwork. Super easy compared to other paperwork I’ve had to get done in Peru!!!
If you’re an expat, did you need any sort of identifying number or receipts to work in your country???