Good news San Pedronians!
Mayor Lourdes “Baby” Cataquiz recently signed City Ordinance No. 2015-40 declaring amnesty on interests, penalties and surcharges on delinquent real property taxes as of December 31, 2014 and/or prior years for properties within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of San Pedro, Laguna.
Mayor Cataquiz said that she approved the ordinance “to relieve San Pedro real property owners of additional burden in the payment of their RPT and collect more taxes for development programs of the local government “.
Under Section 9 of the ordinance, delinquent taxpayers who will pay from November 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 will be granted 100% condonation on penalties, interests and surcharges, while those paying from April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016 shall enjoy only 50% relief. The amnesty covers real properties whether declared or undeclared, and whether classified as residential, commercial, agricultural or industrial, including improvements thereon.
To avail of the amnesty, the taxpayer shall pay the full amount of the unpaid taxes. The ordinance however authorizes the City Treasurer to allow the payment of the unpaid taxes in installment provided that 50% of the total amount due is remitted on the date of the signing of the Compromise Agreement. The taxpayer shall issue post-dated checks for the balance payable for three to six months depending on the amount of the balance.
For the period of the tax amnesty, the City Treasurer shall not conduct any public auction of real properties due to non-payment of tax declaration, and can only do so upon the expiration of this amnesty program.
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