The Manila city government has collected more than P144 million in real estate and business taxes in just seven weeks after the city government implemented an amnesty program for thousands of delinquent taxpayers in the capital.
In a statement, the city government waived around P71.5 million in real estate and business taxes to more than 14,000 taxpayers.
The City Treasurer’s Office revealed that from Sept. 2 to Oct. 17, a total of P144,907,474 was collected through the amnesty program.
Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso signed on July 31 an ordinance declaring a tax amnesty program in Manila. It was enforced only on Sept. 2.
Ordinance No. 8566 granted a general amnesty on all delinquent business taxes, real property taxes, regulatory fees, and other service charges.
The tax amnesty program will end on Dec. 20, 2019, Domagoso said.
As a result of the amnesty, the treasurer’s office said a total of 4,003 real property taxpayers applied for amnesty, resulting in the collection of P103,802,552 after the city government waived P49,011,423.
The office also said 900 taxpayers availed of the amnesty for business taxes. They paid P22,624,493 after the city waived P12,751,550.
A total of 9,327 individuals applied for amnesty in the payment of other taxes, fees, and charges.
“The city government collected P18,480,428 after it waived P9,756,383,” Manila City Hall spokesperson Julius Leonen said.