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Guimaras As Pilot Province For Tax Compliance Study Concluded; Results Presented

PULSEJan 19 20151197Jeric D. Totesora

GUIMARAS PROVINCE. January 8, 2015 once again marked the collective efforts and shared determinations of the Provincial Government of Guimaras (PGG) and the Provincial Road Management Facility (PRMF) to salute the initiatives for stronger reforms to better public service as the results of the Tax Compliance Study were presented.

The Province of Guimaras has been selected as one of the two pilot provinces in the capacity building program on the conduct of the tax compliance study and was primarily selected because of the strong expression of commitment to endure reforms recommended by the study.

The Tax Compliance Study conducted aimed to assess compliance in the payment of property taxes which serve as the baseline for the introduction of LGU property tax reforms and likewise examines the extent to which the different classes of properties as well as the different levels or strata of said property classes in terms of property values are contributing to total property tax collection in the Province of Guimaras.

After five months of running, with concerns on (1) Property boundary conflicts, (2) Sibunag, Jordan and San Lorenzo has no assigned IT personnel to act as system administrator to maximize the full potential of the system, (3) All Treasury Offices in the Province have no assigned staff to focus on monitoring the delinquency and collection of RPT, some majors findings were found out.

On the whole, the results showed that Guimaras has a compliance rate of 35% which is relatively low from the national average of 59%. The total number of real property units is inconsistent with the Quarterly Report of Real Property Assessments (QRRPA) submitted to the BLGF (corrected as of 3rd quarter 2014). Low-end properties are more tax compliant than high-end properties.

The study also confirms that the most tax compliant as to property type are buildings and industrial properties are the most tax compliant as to property classification.

With the aforesaid concerns and major findings of the study, the team thus recommended for the Cleansing of real property assessment records through ETRACS and tax mapping operations, Updating Schedule of Market Values, Enhancing and sustaining the Enhanced Tax Revenue Assessment and Collection System (ETRACS) to link the assessor and treasury offices, Encouraging local chief executives to provide sufficient funds, Strengthening the coordination with other line agencies and personnel, Intensifying tax campaign in, , Creating Revenue Taskforce, Utilize information technology, Preparing a list of large property taxpayers (less compliant) and focus collection efforts, and Enforcing civil, judicial and administrative remedies to collect delinquent real property tax.

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