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Public Liability Insurance (PLI) o General Liability Policy Insurance (GLPI) bilang rekesitos sa business permit o renewal ipinababasura ng ARTA sa LGUs

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) o General Liability Policy Insurance (GLPI) bilang rekesitos sa business permit o renewal ipinababasura ng ARTA sa LGUs

NAPAPAKANTA ang mga kaibigan nating negosyante diyan sa south Metro Manila ng: “and now the end is near…”

Kaugnay ito ng malaon na nilang inirereklamong Public Liability Insurance (PLI) o General Liability Policy Insurance (GLPI) bilang requirements ng ilang local government units (LGUs) kapag nagre-renew sila ng business permits.

Gusto naman sana nilang sumunod, lalo na kung nakatutulong sa ‘bulsa ng LGU officials’ este sa kabang yaman ng LGU.

Ang siste lang, isang insurance company lang ang pinipili ng LGU. Hindi na makapamili ang mga negosyante ng insurance na gusto nila at sa tingin nila ay hindi sila ginugulangan.

Kaya tuwang-tuwa sila nang sabihin ni Anti-Red Tape Authority chief, Atty. Jeremiah Belgica na tinatawagan nila ang mga LGUs na hanggang ngayon ay may rekesitos na Public Liability Insurance (PLI) o General Liability Policy Insurance (GLPI) na dapat na nilang ibasura ito bilang ordinansa.

Sabi ni ARTA Chief Belgica, “Furthermore, we are calling upon LGUs who still require a Public Liability Insurance (or General Liability Policy Insurance) for the issuance of a business permit or renewal thereof to consider the immediate repeal of the ordinances requiring the same.

“Securing such insurance is optional to businesses and mandatorily requiring it serves as an undue additional requirement, especially for micro-small-medium enterprises.

“Also, unnecessary and burdensome requirements open an opportunity for corruption where it becomes a money making business for government officers with connivance to some private players.

“ARTA will work with DILG-BLGD and with DOF-BLGF to ensure full compliance of LGUs with BLGF MC. 01-2020. We shall also be inviting the LGUs for a meeting to formally discuss these matters.

“Any supposed violations of the RA 11032 or any legal orders without justifiable cause may be subjected to administrative investigation.”

Oy klarong-kalro ang paliwanag ni ARTA chief, Atty. Jeremiah Belgica.

Kaya ‘yung LGUs na patuloy na nagpipiyesta sa raket ng Public Liability Insurance (PLI) o General Liability Policy Insurance (GLPI), TIGILAN na ninyo ‘yan oy!

Inuulit po ng Bulabugin: capital T, capital I, capital G, capital I, capital L, capital A, at capital N — TIGILAN na ng LGUs na racketeer ng PLI at GLPI ang panggagantso sa constituents ninyong negosyante na nagre-renew ng permits taon-taon.

Bundat na po ang mga hepe ng kolek-TONG ng LGUs ninyo!

Baka nga hindi na napupunta sa kabang-yaman ng LGU ‘yan kundi sa bulsa ng mga ‘TONGPATS’ at ‘KOLEKTONG.’

Panawagan lang po sa LGU chief executives, baka bukol-bukol na kayo sa mga nangtoTONGPATS sa PLI at GLPI bilang rekesitos sa renewal ng business permits sa lungsod o munisipalidad ninyo, e mas maigi pang ipatigil na ninyo.

Dahil sabi nga ni ARTA chief, Atty. Jeremiah Belgica: Thus, I would want to call on all LGUs to strictly observe the DOF’s Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) MC. 01-2020, or the Updated Reminders in the Assessment of the Local Business Tax (LBT), Registration and Renewal of Business Permits and Licenses, and the imposition of Local Taxes, Fees and Charges, which provides for clear guidelines on the assessment of local business taxes in order to avoid whimsical, disproportionate, and unnecessary imposition of fees or taxes upon taxpayers.

“We must emphasize that pursuant to Section B. 1. of BLGF MC No. 001-2020, LGUs are to base their assessments on the Audited Financial Statement of the applicant, or in its absence, on the Sworn Declaration of gross sales or receipts, or the applicant’s Income Tax Returns.

“In case of suspected under declaration of gross sales/receipts, such application shall be tagged by the LGU and will be subjected to the examination of books of accounts by the local treasurer to be done after the business renewal period.

“It can be gleaned from the foregoing that the renewal of the subject business permit may still proceed and the corresponding permit may be issued, which shall be subject to revocation or suspension in the event of a finding of under or misdeclaration after the conduct of such examination.

“We also seek to emphasize on the proper use of the Presumptive Income Level Assessment Approach (PILAA) pursuant to Section B. 3. BLGF MC No. 001-2020. This may be resorted to by LGUs in computing for the local business taxes but only if the taxpayer is unable to provide proof of its gross sales or receipts.

“It is important to note that the use of PILAA must be in the LGUs local ordinance and has undergone public hearings and publications. Absent such ordinance, the assessment using PILAA is illegal and the taxpayer may properly claim the refund of the excess business taxes collected.

“Aside from our observations during the surprise inspections that ARTA has conducted in the various Business One-Stop Shops (BOSS) in the National Capital Region, a number of complaints and reports came to our attention on the seemingly high assessment of business taxes or sometimes the none compliance with the procedure for proving gross sales or receipts as laid down by the BLGF MC. 01-2020.

“Unfortunately, this high assessment becomes an opening for corruption to fester.”

Aru! Lagot kayo mga ‘pahi-pahing’ kurakot sa pandarambong. 

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Columnist at HATAW D'yaryo ng Bayan / CHRONICLE (Customs); National Press Club of the Philippines President (2010-2012), Treasurer (2012), Director (2004-2010) and National Chairman at ALAM (Alab ng Mamamahayag)

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