THE Cebu City Government is reminding taxpayers they have until Sept. 30, 2020 to pay their tax dues.
In a press conference on Friday, Aug. 28, Mayor Edgardo Labella said City Ordinance 2569, which extends the deadline of the payment of business and real property taxes until the end of September, is in effect.
This is the third time the City extended the deadline, he said.
Labella said this is the City’s way of helping the business sector, which has been greatly affected by the lockdowns imposed by the government to contain the spread of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019.
Many companies have been forced to either shut down or operate partially since the city was placed on community quarantine at the end of March.
“We decided on the extensions because we are in the midst of a pandemic... Many are suffering,” Labella said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia, the author of the ordinance, said taxpayers who pay before or on Sept. 30 will not be penalized.
Cebu City was on enhanced community quarantine from March 28 to May 31 and from June 15 to July 15. From July 16 to July 31, the city was on modified enhanced community quarantine.
During both periods, only essential establishments, such as supermarkets, groceries and health care provider establishments, among others, were allowed to operate.
When the city was placed on general community quarantine on Aug. 1, more restrictions were lifted and additional businesses were allowed to open. (JJL)