June 14, 2024

The city council recently approved on third and final reading an ordinance granting an amnesty or relief to taxpayers for their penalties, fines, and charges for unpaid dues for the year 2021.

The ordinance was forwarded to the City Mayor’s Office for action.

The amnesty applies to taxpayers who were not able to pay their dues up to 2021 on their scheduled payment period.

Taxpayers, through the ordinance, will be allowed to settle their dues until the last working day of 2021. 

The penalties will be computed from the time they became due if they were not settled within the prescribed period.

The ordinance stated City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias recommended the enactment of an amnesty in response to the predicament and appeal of Baguio taxpayers to keep them afloat.  

It also stated the city government recognizes the clamor of citizens and the business sector that are continuously suffering from financial crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In 2020, the city council also enacted a similar tax relief ordinance for affected business establishments operating during the quarantine period. – Jordan G. Habbiling