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Biz group lauds Davao City aid to taxpayers, jobless

June 19, 2020 - Friday 8:06 AM by PNA

Article Banner Image Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. President John Carlo Tria.

DAVAO CITY--The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) expressed its gratitude on Thursday to the city government here for giving assistance to local taxpayers and unemployed individuals.

“We would like to thank the city government for the assistance to farmers, and thank it for the assistance to local taxpayers and the jobless individuals,” DCCCII President John Carlo Tria said in a statement.

Tria said the reopening of dine-in food establishments here will help the economy recover, sustain employment, and drive economic activity.

In a radio interview on Monday, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said restaurants were allowed to resume their services, provided that 30 percent of its total capacity will only be occupied and the health guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) are strictly followed.

Likewise, the city government has extended the deadline for the payment of real property and business tax payment until June 30 this year.

“We believe that as we make a gradual and safe return of our businesses and with the announcement of the reopening of limited dine-in service of restaurants and other establishments, the local economy will start slowly picking up and more jobs can be preserved," Tria said.

Meanwhile, Duterte said property owners will be offered tax discounts depending on their payment of the real property tax.

“If you pay in full, you will be given a 20 percent discount and if you pay only for the first quarter, your discount is 10 percent,” she said.

For business taxpayers, Duterte said they can also pay their second quarterly installment within the given grace period free of any charge.

Under Section 82 of Ordinance No. 0291-17, or the 2017 Revenue Code, Davao City taxpayers are mandated to pay quarterly installment for the local business tax within the first 20 days of January, April, July, and October of each year.

Duterte said the extension of tax payments and other relief measures are meant to ease the impact of the continued movement restrictions under the city's general community quarantine protocols. (PNA)

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