Binay urges LGUs to extend deadlines for property tax and business permits – Manila Bulletin

Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday urged Local Government Units (LGUs) to extend the deadline for paying property tax and business licenses to avoid the influx of taxpayers amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Binay made the call after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 33,169 new coronavirus infections on Monday.

The senator said it would be best for LGUs, especially in the National Capital Region (NCR) and areas where there is an increase in COVID-19 cases, to consider the move of the city government from Manila and extend the allowable business payment deadline to March 31.

“Given the current spike in COIVD-19 cases, extending the timelines would go a long way to restricting the movement of people,” Binay said in a statement.

“We call on our local authorities to extend as far as possible the deadline for payment of property tax and business permits. And in return, please do not impose penalties on our taxpayers,” she added.

“…Extending the deadlines would really help keep people from coming together,” she reiterated.

Binay also urged LGUs to promote digital payment options to allow people to pay their taxes on time and from the safety of their homes.

“LGUs should definitely consider integrating electronic payment methods into tax and fee payment collection,” Binay said.

She also said LGUs should allow some leeway for those who need to be physically present to submit and sign documents.

Binay said LGUs may temporarily accept digital or electronic copies pending verification or submission of original documents.

“It would be more convenient for their constituents and help avoid long lines or gatherings, especially when paying for permits and submitting documents,” she said.



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