A week before the deadline for payment of business taxes in Quezon City, authorities warned taxpayers of engaging the services of ‘fixers’ who use or issue fake receipts in city hall transactions.
Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. of second district warned unscrupulous groups that the city’s income collection offices had continuously formulated security measures to address the corruption woes at the locality.
Ferrer, also the Ways and Means committee chair, said the city government continues to employ innovative security methods in response to numerous complaints on counterfeit officials receipts used in the payment of real property tax, transfer tax and regulatory fees and charges in the offices of the city treasurer.
Ferrer said the use of spurious Ors could have been done in connivance, conspiracy, consent or cooperation of some unscrupulous city officials and employees.
He said that the irregularity has ripped off the city government of lawful fees that could have financed the city’s program on health, education, peace and order and basic services.
Ferrer said it would help if the taxpayers transact their businesses lawfully as he urged the public to report immediately city hall employees involved in red tape and other forms of irregularities.
During the time of Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. the city government adopted the Regulatory Simplification Project (RSP) but some fixers and their cohorts have continued their illicit acts of duping or overcharging unsuspecting victims transacting business in the various city hall offices.
The Quezon City government had also adopted a more simplified method to hasten the processing of business permit documents in a bid to provide further comfort to city hall clients.
Ferrer said the system has reportedly reduced the processing time of business permit documents into half from 18 days to nine days.
However, reports said that fixers continued to hound the public seeking other documents like business permits as the unscrupulous individuals now transact their illegal trade outside the city hall compound.
Those resorting to fixers want to get their documents or transact instantly in connivance with insiders.
On the other end, Quezon City Building Official Isagani Verzosa warned that dealing with fixers provide the public with no benefits as they are overcharged or at worst given fake documents.
He noted that his office has used the receipt verifier gadget to determine the fake receipts issued to the unsuspecting clients who have decided to transact business with the fixers.