QC Simplifies Taxpayers’ Biz Process

The Quezon City (QC) government has introduced a more simplified procedure for business permit renewals beginning January, 2013, to assist the public.

The simplified procedure cuts down by at least two steps the process of facilitating the renewal of business permits in Quezon City for taxpayers.

Under the new procedure, the tourism assessment step shall be dropped since not all businesses are covered by the tourism ordinance.

Upon assessment, taxpayers shall be immediately informed whether their businesses are covered by the tourism ordinance or not.

It was observed that taxpayers lined up for hours at the tourism desk only to be told that their businesses are not covered by the tourism ordinance.

In addition, the Quezon City government will also be introducing a new strategy to avoid long queues in the issuance of the "cedulas" or the community tax certificates.

Beginning next year, the city will start incorporating the amount of payment for the community tax in the business tax bill.

Manual issuance of "cedulas" still applies to individual taxpayers.

The introduction of the new strategies was adopted after Mayor Herbert Bautista's chief of staff, Aldrin C. Cuña, convened the city's revenue generating cluster, in preparation for next year's tax payment period.

"From six procedural steps, now, it's down to four," Cuña said.

Meanwhile, Cuña said all low-risk establishments, such as sari-sari stores, may pay their taxes at the various treasury department branches outside of Quezon City Hall which are located at Novaliches, La Loma, Cubao, Talipapa and Galas.

The city government will also be extending the office days and hours of all the offices involved in tax assessments and payments for the month of January to accept tax payments.

Bautista said that the additional office days and hours have been instituted by the city government to enable taxpayers to settle their tax obligations on time to avoid paying penalties for late payments.

Under the Local Government Code, the deadline for tax payments without penalty is on January 20.

Meanwhile, City Treasurer Edgar Villanueva disclosed that Quezon City is expected to post a budget surplus of P150 to P200 million before the year ends, boosting Quezon City's image as one of the most business-friendly cities in the country today.

Villanueva noted that the expected surplus, which he claimed is only a conservative estimate, is a result of the aggressive tax collection program pursued by his office this year in order to finance the various requirements for governance and growth of the city.