The city treasurer’s office said it has beefed up its online payment platform so taxpayers no longer need to visit its offices.
Treasurer of the city of Davao Atty. Lawrence Bantiding, at the I-Speak media forum Thursday in the Davao City Hall conference room, encouraged taxpayers, especially those who are due to pay 4th quarter business tax, to use the online platform.
Bantiding said online tax payment was launched in 2020 for the convenience of taxpayers. Payments can be made through the Link.Biz portal of the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines and its subsidiaries, as well as e-wallet payments such as Paymaya and Gcash.
The payment portal can be accessed via: https://www.davaocity.gov.ph/services/online-payments/
“Using these gateways, you no longer need to pay your business taxes to the city treasurer’s office (using these gateways, you no longer need to go to the city treasurer’s office to pay your business taxes)”, did he declare.
He added that the online payment system had been expanded to include miscellaneous charges, apart from business tax. Miscellaneous fees include payment of transfer duties, weight and measurement fees, special permit from the mayor, business tax receipt (PTR), slaughterhouse fees and regulatory fees for the various offices of the city.
He indicated that as of August 2022, a total of 1,192 taxpayers have already used the online payment system for the payment of business taxes and 37 of them are for miscellaneous. To expand and respond to more customers, they are currently developing an online property tax payment system.
“We hope that next October or early November the payment of nato on the property tax online kay naa’y clamor ang atong property owners na pwede maka-online pud ana (we hope that next October or early November we will have the online payment for the property because the property owners are also claiming this online),” Bantiding said.
Bantiding however said that although online payment is available, the main office and the 11 district offices with offices are still open to receive payments.
Although there is this push for online transactions, Bantiding said he is grateful to the Dabawenyos for paying their taxes, which is why despite the pandemic, an increase in tax collection has been recorded in August 2022.
In terms of tax collection, the CTO has already collected 9,769,949,458.17 PP in August 2022, or 77.67% of the target of 12,576,116,634 PP for 2022. This amount is also higher by 26, 75% on collection in 2021 for the same period. Business taxes make up the bulk of the collection with a total of 113,586,446.94 pesos in August 2022.
He reminded taxpayers to pay on time to avoid penalties, especially in quarterly tax collections, as it may incur interest charges.
Bantiding also said his office is confident of meeting the 2022 tax collection target.
“Naa nalang ta’y 23% nga bunuon, in the last four months of this year, and we are confident that we will reach 100%. Last year, we have a surplus in our collection (we will only have to collect the remaining 23% in the remaining four months of this year and we are confident that we will reach 100%. Last year we have a surplus in our collection.), ”he said. CIO