Cebu City questions decision ordering to refund realty tax

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013


THE Cebu City Legal Office will seek the reversal of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ruling that ordered the Cebu City Government to pay P2.5 million as tax refund to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).

Atty. Gerone Castillo, City Legal Office chief, said he was surprised by the recent development, considering that the Local Board of Tax Assessment Appeals and the Central Board of Tax Assessment Appeals (CBTAA) have already ruled in favor of the City regarding the matter.

Castillo also pointed out that the CBTAA has already issued an order, dismissing the case for lack of merit since the NGCP failed to file on time its motion for appeal.

Dismissed

“There was already a dismissal. So why is there a reversal of the decision nga wa man unta sila ka-file sa ilang (when they weren’t able to file the) petition on time. We really have to carefully look on this,” Castillo said.

As of yesterday, Castillo said his office had yet to receive a copy of the ruling from the CTA.

Once they receive it, Castillo said he will submit it to Atty. Feliciano Alinson Jr. and Atty. June Maratas, the city lawyers who are handling the case.

“We will then deliberate on it and we will file the necessary responsive pleading, including a motion for reconsideration. We will review all the facts first then we will file the necessary pleading and hopefully we can seek the reversal of their decision,” he said.

The CTA said the NGCP is not liable to pay real property taxes from 2001 to 2009 since it did not yet own the property that was taxed by the City Treasurer’s Office.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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