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      Enhanced Reputation ("Like" and "Dislike") Functionality Here on CL   07/24/2017

      With the recent software upgrade, CL now has a slightly enhanced and more descriptive "reputation" functionality. The reputation is what CL members can click in the lower right corner of each posting (forums, blogs, calendar events, etc.) to indicate their "like' or "dislike" of that posting. This functionality, previously known as a member's "reputation", has been enhanced and is now known as a member's "reaction". Instead of having only two choices ("like" or "dislike", represented by a +1 or -1), there now are seven different "reactions" that a member can express, including the simple "Like" and "Dislike". As was the case previously with reputations, Administrators of this website cannot be given reputation/reaction, however Moderators can, just as all regular members can. Here in graphic form is the complete list of options in word and emoji form, along with the associated numeric value: The "Like" and the "Upvote" and the "Downvote" are essentially the same as the prior "like" and "dislike" reputation. Those are similar to what is available on some of the larger social media, such as Facebook. As in the past with reputation, the use of reactions is optional. Reputations (now "reactions") are not favored by everyone. Prior feedback indicates approximately 30% of CL's members prefer that "reputation" [and now "reactions"] be disabled. However, the majority of CL's members prefer having the ability to indicate their "like" or "dislike" of a posting. The new, enhanced functionality means simply that CL members have more granularity as to what they can indicate to the viewers. If anyone would like to see additional "reactions", please contact CL management, and include a short discussion of what you would like to see and perhaps an emoji to suggest that reaction. Two new reactions that have already been suggested are "I agree" and "I disagree", which might be expressed respectively with green check mark (or thumbs up) and red X-mark (or thumbs down) style emoji. The reactions functionality is currently configured to display who expressed that reaction. If there is sufficient feedback, we can hide the member's Display Name, and show only the cumulative reactions.           To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.  

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Bonnie    390

I thought I had made a note of it, but I can't find the website for researching one's property tax records. Does anyone have it, please?

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Penny    172

Last year this was the web address:

https://dgi.mef.gob.pa/defaultsecure.asp

However, like many things in Panama, the address to get your property tax information has changed again.

I want to repeat Bonnie's question -- does anybody know the new address???????

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Bud    118

I tried researching this on the DGI website. No joy.

We also would like to know the correct website address.

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Penny    172

The main address for the Panama taxation department is https://dgi.mef.gob.pa/

Click on DGI En Linea.

I used this website yesterday to fill out and submit my annual corporate income tax form (called "La Renta")

However, I can't figure out where to find the section where I enter the property RUC and my NIT and find out how much property tax I owe.

Hopefully, somebody with better Spanish skills can figure lit out.

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JimAndNena    21
On 1/26/2017 at 6:32 AM, Penny said:

The main address for the Panama taxation department is https://dgi.mef.gob.pa/

Click on DGI En Linea.

I used this website yesterday to fill out and submit my annual corporate income tax form (called "La Renta")

However, I can't figure out where to find the section where I enter the property RUC and my NIT and find out how much property tax I owe.

Hopefully, somebody with better Spanish skills can figure lit out.

Does this web site help?

https://etax2.mef.gob.pa/etax2web/Login.aspx#

"e-Tax 2.0" rolled out last year, connecting to it does not seem to be easy.

jim

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Penny    172

In most cases you will pay the same as last year. I took my last years bill to the Panama tax department (down the side street by the casiono of F sur) and they verified that it was the same amount. Interesting enough -- you cannot pay your taxes there. You have to go to Banco Nacional or Caja de Ahorros.

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Keith Woolford    297
48 minutes ago, Penny said:

I took my last years bill to the Panama tax department (down the side street by the casiono of F sur) and they verified that it was the same amount. Interesting enough -- you cannot pay your taxes there. You have to go to Banco Nacional or Caja de Ahorros.

DGI offices stopped receiving payments onsite after a major robbery in PC last year. 

 

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Keith Woolford    297

Is there some confusion here between annual corporation fees and and actual property taxes?

It's my understanding that many homes constructed during the last 20 years are still exempt from property taxes, under a program to encourage home ownership and economic activity initiated by the government of Martin Torrijos.

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Bonnie    390
2 minutes ago, Keith Woolford said:

Is there some confusion here between annual corporation fees and and actual property taxes?

It's my understanding that many homes constructed during the last 20 years are still exempt from property taxes, under a program to encourage home ownership and economic activity initiated by the government of Martin Torrijos.

It's my understanding that the house may be exempt, but the land on which it sits is not. In any case, I pay property tax in January (even though I have the 20-year exemption) and annual corporation fees in June or July.

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Bonnie    390
11 hours ago, Bonnie said:

My lawyer did it for me

My previous post is inaccurate or unclear. I was unsure of what I owed in property taxes and couldn't find it online, so I asked my lawyer how I could access this information.  He did it for me rather than give me a website. I personally paid the tax, which was the same as last year, at the Caja de Ahorros.

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Marcelyn    73
46 minutes ago, Keith Woolford said:

DGI offices stopped receiving payments onsite after a major robbery in PC last year. 

 

We visited the DGI office in David earlier this month and noticed three (3) armed policemen near the front door. Our first thought was another robbery had occurred. But with closer attention we realized the officers were just monitoring customers entering the building. 

No cash transactions available at this location in the foreseeable future we were told.

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Keith Woolford    297
1 hour ago, Bonnie said:

It's my understanding that the house may be exempt, but the land on which it sits is not. In any case, I pay property tax in January (even though I have the 20-year exemption) and annual corporation fees in June or July.

Correcto, Bonnie. I forgot about that because our place also has a tax exemption on the lot (due to it's value being under $30,000 at the time of construction), and I just have the Tasa Unica to deal with.

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