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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, June 15, 2020
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SP moves to extend tax deadline
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

 

An ordinance extending the deadline of payment of all local taxes, fees and charges imposed by the City of Bacolod for the succeeding quarters of the year 2020, without surcharges, interest or penalties, was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on first reading Wednesday.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Al Victor Espino said that in view of the severe disruption of economic activities brought about by COVID-19, and to promote and protect the collective interests of all Filipinos in these challenging times, it is imperative to, among other things, move the statutory deadlines and timelines for the filing and submission of any document, the payment of taxes, fees, and other charges required by law, and the grant of any benefit, in order to ease the burden on individuals under community quarantine, collected and imposed by the City of Bacolod.

The deadline for the succeeding quarterly payments of business taxes and fees are as follows: second quarter – April 20, third quarter – July 20 and fourth quarter – October 20, it said.

Section 167 of the Local Government Code of 1991 provides that “All local taxes, fees and charges shall be paid within the first 20 days of January or of each subsequent quarter, as the case may be. The Sanggunian may, for a justifiable reason or cause, extend the time for payment of such taxes, fees, or charges without surcharges or penalties, but only for a period of not exceeding six months, the ordinance said.

Section 168 of the same Code provides that “There shall be imposed a surcharge of 25 percent of the amount of taxes, fees, and charges not paid on time and an interest at the rate of 2 percent per month of the unpaid taxes, fees, or charges including surcharges, until such amount is fully paid but in no case shall the total interest on the unpaid amount or portion thereof exceed 36 months,” it said.

This ordinance is issued by the City of Bacolod for the uniform implementation of Section 4(z) of R.A. No. 11469, in line with the authority of the Secretary of Finance under item D(4) of the March 28 memorandum from the Executive Secretary on moving the statutory deadlines and timelines for the filing and submission of any document, the payment of all local taxes, fees, and other charges required by law, and the grant of any benefit, in order to ease the burden on individuals under community quarantine.

In view of the foregoing, the City of Bacolod deemed it necessary to assist the business sector by extending the deadline of payments of local taxes and fees for the succeeding quarters for this year, without surcharges, interests and penalties, the ordinance said.

The ordinance extends the deadline for the payment of all local taxes, fees, and charges duly authorized and imposed by the City of Bacolod as follows: second quarter will be due on June 25, third quarter – August 20 and fourth quarter – November 20.

As a result of the moving of deadlines of payment within which to pay local taxes, fees, and charges, no interest, surcharges of any form of penalty will be applied on any local tax, fee, or charge accruing on or due and demandable during the second quarter period provided in Section 1 of the ordinance.

The ordinance said all local tax delinquencies prior to the effectivity of R.A.11469 will remain, and will be due and demandable following the expiration of the deadline set in the second quarter period of Section 1. The applicable interests, penalties and surcharges will begin to run again and will be due and demandable after the lapse of the effectivity of R.A. No. 11469.*

 

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