Mayor cites tax­pay­ers’ co­op­er­a­tion

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TAX PAY­ERS in Baguio City were re­cently lauded for their sus­tained co­op­er­a­tion with the city gov­ern­ment in the prompt pay­ment of their tax obli­ga­tions which he said will en­able the city to again meet if not sur­pass its rev­enue tar­gets and en­sure smooth de­liv­ery of pub­lic ser­vice and im­ple­men­ta­tion of pri­or­ity projects.

Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan noted the good turn-out of tax­pay­ers dur­ing the first three days of the year which he said is an in­di­ca­tion of the lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­ness­men’s ex­cel­lent sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

In re­turn, he as­sured that the city gov­ern­ment will do its best to make the process as easy as pos­si­ble.

On Thursday, City Trea­surer Alex Cabar­ru­bias said the tax pay­ment process went smoothly de­spite the vol­ume of tax­pay­ers who came to set­tle their ac­counts.

He said they em­ployed some mi­nor changes in the pro­ce­dure of the pay­ment and are closely mon­i­tor­ing their ef­fects ei­ther for per­ma­nent adop­tion or fine-tun­ing once more.

He noted some prob­lems in the as­pect of the pay­ment of real prop­erty taxes caused by the slow com­puter sys­tem but as­sured that this will be ad­dressed im­me­di­ately.

City Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Divi­sion Chief Al­lan Abayao said they have not en­coun­tered any se­ri­ous prob­lem in the pro­cess­ing of busi­ness per­mits dur­ing the open­ing day.

As of Fri­day morn­ing, they have pro­cessed close to 300 reg­u­lar and spe­cial busi­ness per­mits.

Both of­fices ex­pect clients to con­tinue flock­ing to City Hall un­til the dead­line for tax pay­ment set in March.

The City ex­pects more than 20,000 reg­u­lar busi­ness per­mits to be pro­cessed this year with a tar­get col­lec­tion of P300 mil­lion in busi­ness taxes and

P100 mil­lion in realty rev­enues.

As in the past years, dis­counts are given to early realty tax­pay­ers amount­ing to 20 per­cent tax cut to those pay­ing in Jan­uary, 15 per­cent in Fe­bru­ary and 10 per­cent in March.

Tax­pay­ers will also get the chance to win prizes in the an­nual raf­fle bo­nanza to be drawn in April.

In re­new­ing busi­ness per­mits, tax­pay­ers should pro­ceed to the one-stop shop sec­tion to claim printed 2018 as­sess­ment. Own­ers must is­sue an au­thor­ity to their rep­re­sen­ta­tives while mes­sen­gers or book­keep­ers must sub­mit a list of clients and au­thor­ity or spe­cial power of at­tor­ney from the own­ers to the busi­ness tax fil­ing divi­sion and claim the as­sess­ment the fol­low­ing day.

Those with­out printed 2017 as­sess­ment or if as­sess­ment has is­sues, ap­pli­cants can pro­ceed to the busi­ness tax as­ses­sors for res­o­lu­tion or print­ing. All un­re­solved is­sued will be re­ferred to the city trea­surer.

Once as­sess­ment is fin­ished, the ap­pli­cants may pay the taxes and fees to the tell­ers by show­ing first of­fi­cial re­ceipts for res­i­den­tial garbage or if not, the garbage fee will be in­cluded in the as­sess­ment.

The next step will be the pay­ment of fire code fees to the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion tell­ers then process to the per­mits and li­cens­ing of­fice to claim busi­ness per­mit and/or busi­ness plate upon sub­mis­sion of the fol­low­ing: barangay, health, fire clear­ances, mar­ket clear­ance if busi­ness is in the mar­ket and real prop­erty tax clear­ance if prompted by the sys­tem.

For new busi­nesses, ap­pli­cants must pro­ceed to the li­cens­ing of­fice sec­tion also at the one-stop shop and fill up the ap­pli­ca­tion form which will be for­warded si­mul­ta­ne­ously to the fol­low­ing of­fices for pro­cess­ing: city plan­ning of­fice, fire depart­ment, city en­vi­ron­ment of­fice, city health of­fice, city build­ing and ar­chi­tec­ture of­fice, cam­paign and in­ves­ti­ga­tion or the city trea­sury of­fice.

Upon clear­ance of the said of­fices, the ap­pli­cants must pro­ceed to the one-stop shop for the as­sess­ment, pay­ment of taxes and fees and fi­nally go back to the li­cens­ing of­fice to claim busi­ness per­mit.

In­quiries on the sta­tus of ap­pli­ca­tions may be coursed through the li­cens­ing of­fice.

Photo by Red­jie Melvic Cawis

AS­SIS­TANCE. A po­lice of­fi­cer of the Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice as­sists a blind man cross the street along the Abanao Ex­ten­sion.

AP Photo

Pro­test­ers dis­play plac­ards dur­ing a brief picket at the Shell cor­po­rate of­fice, one of the big three oil com­pa­nies in the coun­try, to protest the first round of oil price in­crease this year

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