I am here at the San Juan City Hall Registry of Deeds. Its 830am and office is still closed. Why am I not surprised?
This is Step 1 of a journey to transfer title of my mom's property to me. Something tells me this will be a loong journey. By 845am, the office opened and I was entertained. Oops. Wrong office. I have to go BIR to pay the corresponding taxes first. Duh oh ok.
Off I go to BIR, on the 4th floor of a commercial building where the only commerce that goes on happens on the 1st floor! 2 floors of retail space EMPTY! BIR office OIC tells me nicely that I would have to pay a freaking P165T in taxes. And I would need the certified true copies of my birth certificate, my parents' marriage contract, the tax declaration papers, etc. etc. etc. BUT BUT BUT he could probably lower the amount by P36T if I am able to show that this is my parent's conjugal property! Do you smell what I am smelling? Smells like I will owe Mr OIC a favor for such 'generosity'..
Anyway, I had to request tax declaration documents, duly authenticated, from the Assessor's Office. P60 for two copies. Accomplished fast!
It's just step 1!