QC gov't waives real property tax penalties until March 31

The local government of Quezon City has now exempted delinquent real property tax owners from paying interests accumulated from unpaid previous taxes.

This came after the city council passed Ordinance No. SP-2979, which grants tax amnesty on all outstanding real property tax liabilities and delinquencies on land, building or improvements, and machineries, as assessed by the City Assessor's Office.

In signing the measure, Mayor Joy Belmonte said that city officials recognize "the long-term effect of COVID-19, which may burden citizens financially."

"We will continue to provide compassionate support for all our residents and businesses who are still feeling the effects of COVID-19 on our economy," she said.

Under the measure, taxpayers are now given until March 31 to accomplish the amnesty application form and pay the delinquent real property taxes either in full or by installment basis.

Meanwhile, real property owners who will be able to pay their tax for year 2021 on or before March 31, 2021 can avail of the 20 percent discount.

Currently, the local government said, it has already provided other tax schemes for taxpayers, which include the following:

• Extension of Business Tax Payment including Fees and Charges from January 20 to April 20, 2021 without penalty, surcharges, and interest

• Condoning the surcharge and interest for the delayed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarter installments for 2020 business tax until March 31, 2021

• Suspension of the imposition of real property tax on land based on the approved schedule of fair market values until December 2022