Ex­ten­sion of busi­ness one-stop shop ap­proved

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

Bacolod City Coun­cil ap­proved the ex­ten­sion of the Busi­ness One-stop-shop (Boss) and the dead­line of pay­ment for busi­ness per­mits from Jan­uary 20 to Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019.

The ex­ten­sion was ap­proved through an or­di­nance dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion Wed­nes­day.

Coun­cilor Cae­sar Distrito, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on laws, said yes­ter­day the ex­ten­sion of the Boss was re­quested by Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia after he re­ceived a let­ter from Metro Bacolod Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MBCCI) ask­ing him for the ex­ten­sion of the fil­ing of per­mits and dead­line of the first quar­ter pay­ment of busi­ness tax.

The mayor then en­dorsed the re­quest to the City Coun­cil, be­ing the body which can al­low the said ex­ten­sion.

Distrito said from Jan­uary 20 to Fe­bru­ary 28, the busi­ness own­ers who are pro­cess­ing their busi­ness per­mits, for re­newal, will not be charged of 25 per­cent sur­charge or penal­ties.

“In or­der to as­sist our tax­pay­ers and busi­ness­men, we ex­tend the Boss and dead­line of pay­ment so that they will not be charged of 25 per­cent sur­charge,” he said.

The Boss, which sup­posed to end on Jan­uary 20, in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the City Health Of­fice, Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion, En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, and the barangays.

The Boss aims to pro­vide con­ve­nience and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the tax­pay­ers.

From Jan­uary 3 to 8, the Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Divi­sion al­ready reg­is­tered a to­tal of 6, 281 busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments.

In 2018, Bacolod reg­is­tered a to­tal of 23, 187 busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments or with an in­crease of 5.33 per­cent com­pared to 22, 044 es­tab­lish­ments reg­is­tered in 2017.*

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