Manila Bulletin

Lo­cal ex­ecs can’t tax goods pass­ing through area

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The Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) or­dered the coun­try’s lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives (LCEs) to re­frain from im­pos­ing var­i­ous taxes, fees and other charges on trans­ported goods and pas­sen­gers pass­ing through their ter­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tions. DILG Sec­re­tary Is­mael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno warned of strict sanc­tions should the lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives in­sist on collecting il­le­gal fees and taxes for in­ter-prov­ince trans­port of goods and pas­sen­gers. “This is the nth time that we have is­sued a mem­o­ran­dum re­gard­ing the il­le­gal im­po­si­tion of pass-through fees on trans­ported goods and pas­sen­gers. We will be stricter this time in mon­i­tor­ing LGU com­pli­ance to this di­rec­tive,” Sueno said. He called for the im­me­di­ate re­peal of lo­cal or­di­nances au­tho­riz­ing the levy of fees and taxes on in­ter-prov­ince trans­port of goods, reg­u­la­tory fees from pas­sen­gers in lo­cal ports, and any other ad­di­tional taxes or fees in any form upon trans­port­ing goods and pas­sen­gers. (Chito A. Chavez)

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