City Hall keeps alert vs tax, remittance shortfalls-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
THE Cebu City Government is strictly monitoring the remittances of its accountable officers and tax collectors.
The move is in response to the Commission on Audit (COA) findings that the City's accountable officers and collectors failed to remit a total of P43.4 million as of last year.
Mark Jason Tirol, head of the financial control division of the City Accounting Office, said their office is sending demand letters to accountable officers and collectors who ran short of their remittances.
“No matter how small the amount, we automatically send them demand letters,” he said.
If they fail to immediately settle their shortages, Tirol said, their salaries will be put on hold.
In an audit of the City's transactions and operations for 2012, COA said the City Government had not recovered P43.4 million from accountable officers and collectors.
More than P38.7 million was traced as remittances of accountable officers and P3.7 million were accumulated shortages of tax collectors.
The COA report did not identify the accountable officers.
In a related development, Tirol said the Accounting Office has tapped the help of the City's Human Resource and Development Office (HRDO) in recovering P70.7 million in disallowances last year.
He said HRDO will check if those in the list of employees with disallowances are still employed by the City Government. He added that they will ask HRDO for the addresses of those who are no longer in the service so that the Accounting Office can send them demand letters.
Disallowances of the deceased will have to be written off, Tirol said.
Tirol also revealed that non-government organizations and private organizations have not yet liquidated the P54.7-million financial assistance from the City.
But he said some of the groups responded to the demand letters from City Hall.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 17, 2013.