The Muntinlupa City government is waiving penalties until Dec. 29 for late payment of business taxes to help establishments amid the pandemic.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed Ordinance 2020-150 waiving penalties and surcharges incurred for the non-payment of business taxes from the second to fourth quarters of 2020.
Fresnedi said the effects of the pandemic have been hard on business establishments.
However, all business tax due for the same period shall however be subject to penalties and interest prescribed by Muntinlupa Revenue Code if not paid on or before Dec. 29. The Business Permits and Licensing Office advised business taxpayers to settle all outstanding balances on or before the deadline.
Since the pandemic began early this year, the city government has approved measures and extended the deadline for the payment of taxes and fees.
In May, the Muntinlupa City Council adapted the Department of Finance Circular 002-2020 through Ordinance 2020-095 for the uniform implementation on the extension of deadlines for the payment of local taxes, fees, and charges imposed by local governments from March 25 to June 25, 2020.
The city also passed ordinances in March that gave a two-month extension on real property tax payments and others for the first quarter including business taxes and fees due for the second quarter.
Meanwhile, amid the implementation of strict social distancing and a surge in clients, the Muntinlupa Assessor’s Office has revised the schedule for daily transactions.
Starting Dec. 1, the processing of certified true copy of tax declaration and certificate of no improvement and other certifications will only be accommodated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Documents requested will also be released on the said days.
Assessment transactions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Depending on the property subject of assessment, the turnaround time for the release of documents is one to two weeks. The schedule for the processing of order of payment will still be on a daily basis and issued within 10 minutes.