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Makati extends work hours during renewal period, treats prompt taxpayers to free lunch

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January 4, 2018

Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938

 

 

Makati extends work hours during renewal period, treats prompt taxpayers to free lunch

 

 

Makati Mayor Abby Binay today announced that the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) and other frontline offices will be open after office hours and on weekends to accommodate applications for renewal of business permits and tax payments in time for the January 20 deadline.

 

The mayor earlier authorized the concerned offices to render overtime services for the convenience of taxpayers, and also ordered the Finance Department to provide free lunch to the first 200 business taxpayers daily from Monday to Friday only, starting January 8 until January 19.

 

“We have planned ahead for the greater convenience of our taxpayers, whom we highly value as our indispensable partners in sustaining Makati’s rapid economic growth and overall development,” Mayor Abby said.

 

According to Finance head and Acting City Treasurer Jesusa Cuneta, stubs for the free lunch will be given to clients upon payment of the amount due with the cashier. They may then proceed to the designated area at the ground floor lobby of Makati City Hall Building II to claim their free lunch.

 

Cuneta also said that clients will be treated to free-flowing coffee and biscuits daily on weekdays during the renewal period.

 

Moreover, BPLO chief Atty. Maribert Pagente said since Tuesday, January 3, BPLO has been open to serve taxpayers beyond office hours, and will also be open on weekends until January 20.

 

From January 3 to 5, they will be open until 7pm. The rest of the schedule will be as follows: January 6 and 7 (Saturday and Sunday), 8am to 5pm; January 8 to 12 (Monday to Friday), 8am to 10pm; January 13 and 14 (Saturday and Sunday), 8am to 8pm; January 15 to 19 (Monday to Friday), 8am to 10pm; and January 20, 8am to 8pm.

 

Pagente urged business owners to beat the January 20 deadline in order to avoid the penalties on late payments, which include a 25 percent surcharge and a two percent penalty per month of delay until the amount due is fully settled.

 

Meanwhile, the Realty Tax Division has announced that satellite payment centers for real property taxes (RPT) are scheduled to accept payments in 31 barangays, from 9am to 4pm, as follows:

 

January 3 and 4 (Bel-Air); January 3 (Urdaneta); January 4 and 5 (Dasmariñas); January 6 (Forbes Park); January 5 and 8 (San Lorenzo); January 6 and 8 (Magallanes); January 9 (Bangkal, Pio del Pilar, San Isidro, Palanan, and San Antonio); January 10 (La Paz, Sta. Cruz, Singkamas, Tejeros, and Kasilawan); January 11 (Carmona, Olympia, Valenzuela, Poblacion, and Guadalupe Viejo); January 12 (Guadalupe Nuevo, Pinagkaisahan, Pitogo, Cembo, and South Cembo); and January 15 (West Rembo, East Rembo, Comembo, Pembo, and Rizal).

 

Under the Makati Revenue Code, discounts are given to non-delinquent taxpayers, as follows: 10 percent for full year RPT payments made until January 20, and five percent discount for prompt quarterly payments (Quarter 1 until January 20; Quarter 2 until April 20; Quarter 3 until July 20; and Quarter 4 until October 20).

 

Annual RPT payments made after March will incur an eight percent penalty on the first quarter, and two percent on every succeeding month. For late quarterly RPT payments (made after the last day of the quarter, i.e., March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31), an eight percent penalty will be imposed for that quarter, and two percent on every succeeding month.

 

For miscellaneous fees and taxes, the deadline for professional tax payments is on January 31, while the deadline for payments on Community Tax, both corporate and individual, is on February 28.  The Miscellaneous Division will be extending work hours, as follows:  January 3 to 5, from 8am to 9pm; January 6 and 7, from 8am to 5pm; January 8 to 12, from 8am to 10pm; January 13 and 14, from 8am to 6pm; January 15 to 19, from 8am to 10pm; January 20 and 21, 8am to 7pm; January 22 to 26, 8am to 10pm; January 27 and 28, 8am to 8pm; and January 29 and 31, 8am to 10pm.

 

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