Valenzuela extends tax deadline as taxpayers struggle to pay duties during coronavirus crisis

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2020 07:45 PM

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines man a checkpoint between Valenzuela City and Meycauayan, Bulacan on Monday. Checkpoints were set up between Valenzuela and Meycauayan as the National Capital Region was placed under “community quarantine” which includes travel ban to and from the metropolis. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The city government of Valenzuela on Thursday extended the deadline of tax payments up to a month after Luzon's enhanced community quarantine is lifted, as businesses failed to generate income due to government-imposed work stoppage during the coronavirus crisis.

Under Ordinance No. 688, business taxes, permits, licenses, and/or other fees and charges due for the second quarter of 2020 may be paid up to 20 days after the Luzon lockdown is lifted.

Payment of real property tax for the first quarter of 2020 and transfer tax due during the lockdown period may be paid up to 30 days after the enhanced community quarantine, according to Ordinance No. 689.

"With the ongoing enhanced community quarantine, the government only allows businesses producing essential goods and delivering essential services to operate, thus leaving a good number of companies and organizations with little or no income at all," the city said in a statement.

"The extension endeavors to give the business and real property owners ample time to come up with the payments for the taxes, permits, and licenses of their businesses and properties," it said.

The local government also urged Valenzuela residents to pay through the city's online payment channels to avoid violating physical distancing policies.

"This is the city’s effort to provide temporary relief to communities, businesses, and individuals affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown," the statement read.

Luzon's lockdown is expected to end on April 30, 2020, but some health experts have said that it may be modified or prolonged if the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines continues to increase.