THE Quezon City government extended the deadline for first quarter business tax payments from January 31 to February 3, without penalties or surcharges.
Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) chief Gary Domingo told The Manila Times that since the supposed previous extension of January 31, falls on a holiday (Chinese New Year), the taxpayers can settle their taxes on February 3.
The ordinance extending the deadline for first quarter business tax payments and fees due and payable to the city government for the current year without surcharges and penalties was introduced by Councilor Godofredo “Godie” Liban 2nd of District 5.
The city council approved the ordinance on third and final reading during a special session on Friday, approving the grant of the 10-day extension period.
Meanwhile, Mayor Herbert Bautista urged city taxpayers to take advantage of the extension, which he said, was given by the city to accommodate taxpayers who will be paying their business taxes, which continue to remain as major income source for the city.
On the other end newly installed city administrator Aldrin Cuña reiterated his call for city taxpayers that they can make payments in the city’s five treasury department branches far from QC Hall.
All low-risk establishments, such as sari-sari stores and business establishments with gross sale below P500,000 except partnerships and corporations, may pay their taxes at these branches, which are located at Novaliches, La Loma, Cubao, Talipapa and Galas.
“Hopefully, with this reminder, we can maintain just a single line for those who will be settling their tax obligations with the city government,” Cuña said.
Besides tax payments, Cuña said, all five-treasury branches are also open to handle tax assessments, including those for real properties, which has a deadline on March 31.
“What the city government is doing is to provide ease and convenience to our taxpayers. Hopefully, with this reminder, we can eliminate the long lines of people queuing just to settle their tax obligations with the city government,” Cuña said.
To date, the city government, on orders of Bautista, has extended the working days and hours of the different offices involved in tax assessment and payments in time for the first quarter deadline for the payment of business taxes and fees.