The Quezon City government announced today that business permits and ancillary clearances that are expiring before July 20, 2022 will now be valid until July 20, 2022 to complement the extension it earlier gave to taxpayers as to the payment of first and second quarter dues to the third quarter. 

City mayor Joy Belmonte signed yesterday Ordinance no. SP-3084 extending the validity of business permits and ancillary clearances such as Sanitary Permits, Environmental Clearances, Tourism Accreditation Certificates, DPOS Security Clearances, Traffic Clearances, Liquor Permits, Market Clearances/Certificates, and Veterinary Clearances to July 20, 2022, if these are originally set to expire before this date.  

Meanwhile, permits and clearances that are expiring after July 20, 2022 but before October 20, 2022 are now valid until October 20, 2022. 

Belmonte said the measure was passed unanimously by the Quezon City Council led by Vice Mayor Gian Sotto in consideration of SP-3067- S-2021 that extended the deadline for the payment of business taxes, fees and charges from January 20, 2022 (First Quarter) and March 20, 2022 (Second Quarter) to July 20, 2022 (Third Quarter).

“Given Ordinance No SP-3067- S-2021, it is possible that a business permit or ancillary clearance may be deemed expired before the date of the extended tax payment deadline, but the business will be unable to renew its business permit and clearances because in order to do so, it is mandated to have paid its tax dues in the last quarter ended. 

For example, a business with a permit expiring in the 2nd quarter of 2022 would be required to pay its tax dues for the 1st quarter of 2022 (the quarter just ended) to renew its permit. This would render the objective of the deadline extension for tax payments irrelevant,” explained Majority Leader Franz Pumaren.

Belmonte earlier said that the extension of the tax payment deadline is meant to provide relief to business owners affected by the multiple lockdowns implemented by the national government during the pandemic.