P4.5B RPT cases resolved

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    The Central Board of Assessment Appeals (CBAA) has resolved 26 cases appealed by local government units involving about P4.53 billion in real property taxes last year, the Department of Finance (DOF) said in a statement yesterday.

    The CBAA, a quasi-judicial agency of the DOF, is mandated to decide on real property tax assessment cases brought on appeal from the decisions of the Local Boards of Assessment Appeals (LBAAs) of cities and provinces, as provided under Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code.

    Robert Hernando Tobia, CBAA chairperson, said that of the 26 cases it acted upon in 2020, 16 were received by the board in that year.

    Nine of these resolved cases were from Mindanao, four from the Visayas and three in Luzon.

    There are still 22 cases pending in 2020 following the suspension of hearings during the government-imposed lockdowns since March 2020 to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, CBAA said.

    The DOF said several LBAAs have also remained inactive or have yet to organize, depriving taxpayers of real property tax remedies and procedures that should be available to them.

    Carlos Dominguez, DOF secretary, told the CBAA to coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government for assistance to activate and organize the LBAAs in all cities and provinces amid the pandemic mobility restrictions.

    “Over a five-year period from 2016 to 2020, we were able to act on 100 percent of cases appealed by the LBAAs, and on 90 percent of cases submitted to us for decision,” Tobia said.