BAGUIO CITY – The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF-CAR) in the Cordillera commended City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias for instituting the needed strategies in the collection of real property tax resulting in substantial income for the local government over the past several years.
In her letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, BLGF-CAR acting regional director Ma. Florizelda A. Enriquez added the agency also commended the city treasury office for developing a realty property tax collection system that significantly improved the city’s collection efforts on real property taxes in the city and guarantees real property owners pay the appropriate tax pursuant to existing ordinances.
However, she pointed out that all reports generated by the system should be compliant with the local treasury operations manual.
In the assessment of business tax, the BLGF-CAR recommended that assigned collectors should be able to get the right annual gross declaration of the taxpayers since proper interview of the taxpayer using the presumptive income level approach should be done.
Enriquez explained a business establishment is properly classified when accurate assessment of business tax is applied.
Further, the BLGF-CAR also commended the local treasury office for the increasing the growth rate on collection in all the local sources of taxes, except for the business tax for 2016.
“The City Treasurer should fill up the vacant positions in the treasury office, especially the technical positions. Organizational charts should be updated with the recent pictures of personnel and should be posted in a visible area in the office. This will guide the transacting public in their transactions and to comply with the provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007,” Enriquez stressed.
The BLGF-CAR stipulated that fidelity bonds of all accountable officers should be strictly monitored to make sure these are renewed once a month before their prescribed expiration while there should be a continuous recording of necessary information required in the filling up of record books.
Enriquez advised the local treasury office to maintain a file copy of the monthly individual and office accountable forms of assigned collectors in the said office and for the said collectors to use the correct format of the report form based on existing circulars and memoranda issued by concerned government agencies.
She stipulated that collectors should continue to maintain the proper and accurate preparation of reports on collections daily and remitting and depositing the same in the proper accounts of the local government.
More importantly, the BLGF reminded the City Treasurer to make sure that a check register or record book of checks issued is implemented and properly maintained and the record book should have five columns with the heading: date, check number, payee, amount and signature.
By Dexter A. See