DOF unit fetes QC as top revenue collector in 2021

THE strong commitment of the Belmonte administration to good governance has remained the most important driver of Quezon City’s success in terms of tax collection, according to City Treasurer Edgar T. Villanueva.

“Our citizens have seen significant improvements in the way they transact with the city. In various ways, they have expressed their satisfaction with the quality of programs and services that were made available to them. They trust that their hard-earned money would translate into efficient public services for all,” Villanueva was quoted in a statement as saying.

In a memo released by the Department of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance (DOF-BLGF), the city was named anew as the nation’s top-performing city in terms of local revenue generation after it collected P22.9 billion in taxes last year.

The Quezon City government was also cited as a hall of famer under the special category “Local Revenue Generation Hall of Fame” after it consistently ranked first in tax collection among cities nationwide from 2018 to 2020.

The city’s tax income came from real property tax, business tax and other taxes, such as amusement, transfer, and contractors among others.

According to Villanueva, the streamlining efforts of the city, which includes the use of online services and the establishment of satellite offices for tax payment have helped ease processes and encouraged more business owners to settle their dues.

The mayor’s decision to allow a staggered payment scheme for under-declared and undeclared business taxes instead of hefty penalties also encouraged businessmen to settle their obligations, Villanueva added.

“We are honored to share this milestone with every QCitizen. Because of your continued trust and support of our administration, we have been able to increase our annual local revenue by more than P10 billion since we assumed office,” Mayor Maria Josefina Tanya “Joy” G. Belmonte was quoted in the statement as saying.

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