By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City Council has approved an ordinance extending the deadline for the payment of business taxes to February 4, 2018.
The ordinance, introduced by Councilor Victor Ferrer, is necessary for the extension of business tax collection to accommodate the large number of taxpayers in Quezon City.
The original deadline was set January 20.
“Considering large number of taxpayers who will be flocking to the Quezon City Hall Compound and the limitation of the existing human resource of the City Treasurer’s Office, it is justifiable to extend the deadline of Business Taxes for the current year,” the ordinance read.
According to the Local Government Code of 1991, all taxes, fees, and charges shall be paid within the first twenty days of January.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod, however, may, for a justifiable reason or cause, extend the same without surcharges for a period not exceeding six months.
“In the interest of the above-described symbiotic relationship between the Local Government of Quezon City and taxpayers, the deadline for payment of business tax should be extended to accommodate tax payments without penalty, surcharges or interest,” the ordinance read.