MANILA, Philippines—The Manila local government on Thursday (September 23) announced a tax amnesty from October through December.
Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Ordinance No. 8773 granting amnesty on all delinquent business taxes, real property taxes, regulatory fees and other service charges.
The mayor said the ordinance was signed as “the current pandemic has brought about unexpected socio-economic challenges to the country.” He said that the pandemic situation makes it difficult for taxpayers to settle their obligations.
“As a result, many businesses have remained closed, further causing the loss of jobs and opportunities. Amidst the health and safety challenges is the struggle to keep one’s livelihood afloat,” he said.
Under the ordinance, Domagoso said tax amnesty shall be granted to the following:
1. Persons who own, operate or are engaged in any business enterprise within the City of Manila
2. Persons who own or administer real property declared for the first time subject to back taxes
3. Persons who own or administer any delinquent real property with or without notices of collection
4. Persons who have violated traffic and parking rules imposed under the Manila Traffic Code and the No Contact Apprehension Program
5. Persons who have pending local tax cases before any judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative body concerning local business taxes, fees and charges or real property taxes
The general tax amnesty program, Domagoso said, shall take effect on October 1, 2021 until December 29, 2021 only. AAC