Issue of September 9, 2018
     
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Mayor opposes amnesty for delinquent taxpayers
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Mayor Mauricio Domogan reiterated his dissent over recurring proposals seeking to grant amnesty to delinquent taxpayers in the city.

He said incentives to those who pay their taxes on or ahead of time should be increased instead. 

“Granting amnesty to delinquent taxpayers will send the message to all taxpayers to continue being delinquent, na inegosyo na lang ang pera nila dahil tutal, meron naman nang amnesty, at wala pang surcharges. Is that good for the city? I don’t think so,” Domogan said, Wednesday.

The City Treasurer’s Office last year offered a final tax amnesty for delinquent realty properties, which the mayor supported, saying the moratorium on real property tax delinquencies is counterproductive and unfair to those complying with the law.

The city council also earlier last year passed an ordinance granting a one-time six-month tax amnesty to all delinquent real property taxpayers in the city as of Dec. 31, 2015.

It covered undeclared properties subject to real property tax; those which are declared but whose RPT has not yet been paid; those included in auctions conducted by the local government but have not yet been purchased by private persons or entities; property owners with pending cases in the court whose ownership are in question; and those sold through public auctions whose ownership has not been officially transferred because of non-issuance of final deed of sale by the local government.

“We will not agree (on having another proposal), considering that as we know this seem to be a campaign tool. What we should better dois increase the incentive of those who will pay their taxes on time or ahead of time rather than giving premiums to those who did not pay their taxes. The city has lost a lot because of this,” Domogan said.

The city government is giving incentives to early taxpayers but the Treasurer’s Office is reviewing the policy on account that citizens should pay the right taxes on time, even without incentives.


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