Public urged to pay taxes early

BAGUIO CITY – Tax payment processing at Baguio City Hall is now going on.

It is expected that in the first few days of 2017, early taxpayers will be clogging at city hall because clients usually come at the same time in their desire to get the payments done.

Thus, acting city treasurer Alex Cabarrubias advised and urged the public to pay their taxes and to process the renewal of business permits early to avoid the hassle.

In the processing of renewal of business permits, clients are advised to go straight at the one-stop- shop for assessment then proceed at any of the Business Tax Assessors for resolution or printing.

Afterwards, they will proceed at the Business Taxes and Fees Division (BTFD) for payment of taxes and fees then at the Fire teller for payment of Fire Code fees.

Clients will claim their business permits and/or business plates upon submission of barangay clearance; contract of lease (if renting); health clearance (if required); fire clearance; market office clearance (if business is in market); and clearance from real property tax (if prompted by system).

/The Treasury office expects clients to continue flocking to the city until the deadline for tax payment set in March.

A 20% discount will be accorded to real property taxpayers from January 1 to 31, down to 15% discount from February 1 to 28, and further down to 10% discount from March 1 to 31.

To speed up the processing time and to eradicate the problem of fixers in the licensing system, the city government here has already been implementing the electronic Business Process and Licensing System (e-BPLS) in the processing of both new and old business permit applications./Jho Arranz#


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