ILOILO – The provincial government here is expecting to collect a whooping P338,690,727.48 by the end of the year as a result of tax amnesty on real property taxes, according to the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO).
Of the total estimated collectibles, the province’s share will be P144,198,559.18 wherein P59,375,877.31 of this will go to the General Fund and the remaining P84,822,681.87 will be for the Special Education Fund.
To maximize the tax collection and to step up the information campaign on tax amnesty, Provincial Treasurer Dr. Melba Sullivan launched a province-wide caravan on Friday.
The launching was held simultaneously in the towns of Miagao in the 1st District, Pavia and San Miguel in the 2nd District, Janiuay and Pototan in the 3rd District and Barotac Viejo in the 4th District.
“Now that we have this tax amnesty, it is now the time for our taxpayers to pay,” stressed Sullivan.
Sullivan also said that this amnesty will help lessen the financial burden of taxpayers, especially those that have been severely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda on November, 2013.
To further educate the public of the tax amnesty, a general assembly or “pulong-pulong” will be held in various barangays in the province this January.
The tax amnesty is pursuant to Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 2013-349 promulgated on December 3, 2013.
The amnesty only covers the penalties, surcharges and interests of delinquent real property taxpayers and it will only last up to December 31, 2014. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)