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Calapan City government bucks planned real property tax hike

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The City Government of Calapan has stood its ground against the planned imposition of higher real property taxes by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the city.

A consultation meeting was held recently to shed some light on the imminent real property tax hike in Calapan City based on a Revenue Memorandum Order of the BIR.

“Patunay sa mabilis na pagtugon ng Sanggunian sa mainit na usapin na kung saan ang lahat ay may pakialam.
Sa inisyatiba ng Sangguniang Panlungsod ay agarang isinagawa ang isang consultation meeting upang mabigyang linaw ang isyu kaugnay ng nakaambang pagtaas ng bayarin sa real property taxes na nais ipatupad ng Bureau of Internal Revenue na naayon umano sa isang Revenue Memorandum Order,” the city said.

The said meeting was attended by City Mayor Arnan Panaligan, City Vice-Mayor Gil Ramirez, City Councilors, Atty. Adel Abas, City Admin., Atty. Harvey Ecker Zamora, SP Secretary, Atty. Tomas Lasquite, City Legal Officer, Atty. Marlou Masangkay, IBP President and real property owners in the city

Meanwhile, BIR Revenue District Officer Esperanza Castro and Ma. Liza Alcala, Assistant RDO faced the council to answer questions

“Naging sentro ng pagpupulong ang naging basehan ng BIR upang ipataw ang sinasabing pagtaas ng buwis sa mga ari-ariang hindi natitinag na umaabot sa 400 hanggang 1,000 porsyento depende sa lokasyon,” the city said.

The BIR defended the increase in real property tax, saying that it is just as it has not been raised since 2007.

“Basehan umano nito ang tatlong sources of market values ng BIR, City Assessors at Independent Appraiser na kung saan ay kinuha ang average ng dalawa sa may pinakamataas na zonal values,” said the City.

However, the city government opposed the plan as it might drive potential investors away from the city and would add burden to the taxpayers.

“Matibay ang paninindigan ng Pamahalaang Lunsod na tutulan ang inaasahang pagtaas ng buwis sa paniniwalang magdudulot ito ng ibayong pagpapahirap sa mga tax payers na Calapeño at maging dahilan din ng pagkaunti ng mga negosyanteng nagnanais na maglagak ng kanilang puhunan sa Calapan City,” the city government said.

Meanwhile, the BIR gave the city government until second week of January to submit their official position paper, while noting that the bureau is open for a possible “reevaluation” for zonal valuation.