THE Cebu City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) will inspect business establishments in the city to check if they have complied with all permits.
Acting City Treasurer Veronica Morelos said they will conduct the inspection in February, which is after the business permit renewal period. “By February, we will have a massive inspection of the business establishments. If they will be caught, they will have to pay penalties for not securing business permits,” she said.
Morelos said their inspectors will inspect business permits in every barangay. Yesterday, the City, through the CTO, established a one-stop-shop for the renewal, new applications, special applications and retirement of businesses in Robinsons Galleria Cebu.
The one-stop-shop will operate until Jan. 26. After that, Morelos said, a two percent interest per month and 25 percent surcharge and penalties will be imposed by the City to those who will process their permits after Jan. 26.
Morelos urged taxpayers to start processing their application for business permit this year to avoid additional charges.
“The processing will just take a day. If they will process in the first few days of our operation, in less than a day they will have their business permit because there are still few people who process their permits,” she said.
There are around 35,000 business establishments in the city but only around 28,000 are compliant in processing the renewal of their permits, as reflected in the records of CTO in previous years.
With the intensified efforts of Mayor Tomas Osmeña in running after those business owners who are delinquent in paying their taxes, Morelos said she hopes to increase the number of those who will renew their permits this year.
Around 500 business owners who processed the renewal of their permits yesterday. Asked what will happen to those business establishments that were ordered close by the City, Morelos said they will be allowed to process but they should comply first with all the requirements.
Those business establishments under new names will also be thoroughly assessed.
“The the style of others to avoid payment of their previous dues is to close their business and reopen under a different name. But our inspection division will assess them to find out if they’re not the same business before but under a new name and owner,” Morelos said.