The Taguig City government on Wednesday said it moved the deadline for the payment of city taxes and other obligations to May 20 amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
This after the national government decided to extend the filing of income and other corporate taxes from April 15 to May 15 to give citizens ample time to settle their payments.
Under the Executive Order No. 04, Mayor Lino Cayetano extended the deadlines of “all business taxes, real property taxes, transfer taxes, amusement taxes and other taxes, fees, charges and other financial obligations, due and payable to the Taguig City Government during the period of the enhanced community quarantine.”
“We want to ease the burden the COVID-19 pandemic has given to Taguigeño stakeholders. At this point, the safety, security and health of the families of the city take precedence over taxes,” Cayetano said.
“We owe this extension to them, as much as we owe them the medical and relief assistance they have received from City Hall since the enhanced community quarantine began. We will continue to provide services and exemptions that they deserve until we have removed the dangers of COVID-19,” he added.
The executive order implemented City Ordinance No. 9 Series of 2020, which was signed last March 20, that authorized the city mayor to extend deadlines for taxes and other payables due to the city.
"The executive order specifically applies the extensions to the payment of local business taxes due on April 20; real property taxes due on March 31; amusement taxes due on April 20; transfer and corresponding city taxes, as well as other taxes and fees, that fall due while the enhanced community quarantine is in effect. The order also extends to rents, charges, and other financial obligations to the city government," he said.
Cayetano said that the dues would not incur penalties, surcharges, and interests.
He added that as of April 1, the local government has distributed family food packs to 85,035 families in Taguig, which contain rice, canned goods, noodles, coffee, cereal drink and bottled water, good for 3-4 days for each family of 5.
They also distributed 54,904 anti-COVID-19 kits to senior citizens, person with disabilities and other vulnerable sectors in the city.
"A kit comes with vitamins good for 30 days, masks, antibacterial soap and instructional materials containing important information on proper handwashing, how to disinfect their homes and all they need to know about COVID-19."