City council told: Condone taxes on donated properties

THE MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio-led Task Force on Inventory of Real Properties (TFIRP) requested the city council to condone the imposition of taxes on real properties donated to the city government.

In a resolution, TFIRP said: “It is resolved to request the Sangguniang Panlungsod to waive, condone, and exempt from the imposition of real property tax and transfer tax for those real properties already donated to the city of Davao.”

The task force’s proposal, which secured endorsement from City Legal Office in Dec. 5 last year, was approved yesterday for first reading in the city council.

Members of the tax force include City Legal Office, City Assessor’s Office, General Services Office, City Engineer’s Office and Councilor Bonifacio E. Militar.

This was created on Aug. 16 last year pursuant to Executive Order No. 7 Series of 2016. The task force is formed to facilitate the titling of identified real properties in the name of the city government.

TFIRP noted that there are deeds of donation executed in favor of the city government involving real properties but the titles remain with the donors.

“The City Treasurer’s Office refused to issue transfer tax certificate unless the real property tax and the transfer tax be paid by the donors. A transfer tax certificate is needed by the Register of Deeds/Bureau of Internal Revenue to effect the transfer of land title in favor of the donee,” TFIRP’s resolution cited.

“Having abandoned their ownership on their ownership on the properties donated in favor of the city of Davao, it is impractical and illogical to require the donors to pay the real property tax and transfer tax,” the resolution of the task force added. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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