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Tax, rental payments to be extended, say

The city government is expected to extend the payments of market and facility rentals, real property and businesses will be extended after the city council passed an ordinance for the purpose.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, city council committee on finance, ways and means chair, sponsored on the Friday session, the passage of the ordinance for the extension of the payments. This was during the emergency session conducted by the city council.

This ordinance is intended to extend the deadline of the second quarterly instalment for payment of business tax and first quarterly instalment for real property tax and an additional levy for the Special Education Fund (SEF) to June 30 as part of the reprieve it is providing to those transacting with the city government as it and the rest of the country has continued to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The ordinance was certified as urgent by the City Mayor’s Office.

The ordinance states it will provide taxpayers ample time to pay their tax deadlines “without incurring penalties.”

Mayor Sara Duterte, in a previous report, said that payment dues should be extended as the people are restricted from congregating into groups. The city government has also imposed strict guidelines on government transactions.

The original protocol for payments is that the first quarterly instalment of real property and additional levy tax on real property for SEF is scheduled on March 31, while the second quarterly instalment for local tax is on April 20.

Rental fees for public markets, Sta. Ana Port, Magsaysay Park, and the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) is supposedly due on March 20, while the rental fee for the Pasalubong center is due on March 10.

Recenlty, Duterte said that she had ordered Councilors Dayanghirang and Diosdado Mahipus Jr. to discuss with the executive department on what rules will be implemented in relation to the deadlines as the city has been on community quarantine due to COVID-19.

A resolution was also passed requesting the city government to appropriate budget that will supplement Barangay’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management (LDRRM) fund and quick response fund (QRF) for the financial assistance of constituents whose income are reduced by the adverse socioeconomic impact of Covid-19.

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