IMUS CITY, Cavite: The local government here has closed down some establishments due to unsettled taxes on Friday, September 2.

Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) head Jasmin Ramos led the issuance of the closure order on a nine-door residential apartment in Barangay Anabu 1-C; a wood works shop along Aguinaldo Highway in Barangay Anabu 1-E; a hardware store in Green Estate Phase 3, Malagasang 1-G; and a six-door commercial apartment in Barangay Palico 4 for having no business permits on record.

"To all lessors, it would be better to vacate the place you rented that are not paying the right taxes, because it would be you who will have problems in the end," Ramos said in an interview.

"Like this residential apartment, it has not been paying taxes for a long time, all business establishments here in Imus should be paying taxes," Ramos added.

"These business establishments that we have closed can still open to operate their businesses upon payment of their tax payments," she added.

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Tax relief had been given to business taxpayers during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, LGUs have resumed tax collections since the Covid alert level status had been lowered to 1 and the economy and businesses have opened this year.