By Jel Santos
A total of 31 satellite realty tax payment centers will be opened in Makati City barangay halls starting October 2 for real property owners with taxes due this fourth and last quarter of 2018.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the payment centers will be opened on scheduled dates in barangays, Mayor Abigail Binay said.
“The taxpayers should take advantage of this opportunity to pay their taxes without going to City Hall, and save on transportation costs and time,” she said.
Through the Realty Tax Division under the Finance Department, Binay said, the local government can ensure the efficiency of services at the satellite payment centers, where each transaction usually takes a maximum of five minutes.
She said taxpayers only need to present their previous receipt and pay the due taxes.
“We are bringing our services practically in your neighborhood as our way of showing our appreciation for your important contribution to the city’s continuing progress.”
On October 2, the payment centers will be opened in Barangays Bel-Air and Urdaneta, followed by Magallanes and San Lorenzo on October 3.
Meantime, the schedule for the rest of the week is as follows: October 4, Brgys. Dasmariñas and Forbes Park; and October 5, Barangays. Bangkal, Pio del Pilar, San Isidro, Palanan, and San Antonio.
The following week, the payment centers will be open to serve taxpayers, as follows: October 9 (Tuesday), Barangays La Paz, Sta. Cruz, Singkamas, Tejeros, and Carmona.; October 10 (Wednesday), Kasilawan, Olympia, Valenzuela, Poblacion, and Guadalupe Viejo; October 11 (Thursday), Guadalupe Nuevo, Pinagkaisahan, Pitogo, Cembo and South Cembo; and October 12 (Friday), West Rembo, East Rembo, Comembo, Pembo and Rizal.
As per the city’s Revenue Code, the city offers a five-percent discount for quarterly payments made during the first 20 days of the quarter (October 20 for the fourth quarter). On the other hand, late quarterly payments will incur a penalty of two percent per month.