Thursday, 13 August 2020

Sarangani extends payment of taxes for 6 months

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 23, 2020) – To help its constituents cope with the COVID-19 crisis, the provincial government extends the period of payment of taxes for the year 2020.

The 10th Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed on April 16, which was then approved by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon on April 20, Resolution No. 2020-10-052, “A resolution extending the payment of the real property tax (RPT) and business tax for the current year until September 30, 2020.”

“Because of the difficulties sa mga tao karon due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta said, “wala kaayo naga-basak and wala naga-run ang mga businesses, so thru the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and with the consultation of the governor, i-extend sa nato ang payment of taxes.”

“There is no imposition of penalties and charges kung dili makabayad until September 30,” he added.

But De Peralta clarified the resolution is “effective only (from) April 1 until September 30” and advised taxpayers who “failed to pay January payments be charged of penalties.”

Tax payments will resume after 6 months or on October and onwards.

According to De Peralta, the resolution was crafted “in pursuant to Section 17 of RA 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991,” wherein “the Sangguniang Panlalawigan may, or justifiable reason or cause, extend the payment of such taxes, fees or charges without surcharges or penalties but only for a period not exceeding six months.”

“This is just a moratorium in the payment of the RPT, or pag-delay sa payment until the said date,” he added.

“In order to lighten the burden of our constituents during the time of crisis, extending the time of payment of RPT and business tax is one way of cushioning the economic impact to our displaced residents in the province caused by the pandemic,” De Peralta said. (Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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