In a major relief for city residents, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has decided to accept online property tax from April 1, 2019.
Besides, the civic body has also announced the rebate scheme under which residential property owners will get 20 percent rebate on the total tax amount, while commercial property taxpayers will get a rebate of 10 percent if they deposit the tax before May 31, 2019. The scheme will be implemented for two months beginning April 1.
MC Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg said if property tax was not deposited in the next two months, then property owners would be penalized with 25 percent of their total taxable amount plus 12 percent interest on it.
The MC has collected Rs 49 crore as property tax in the financial year 2018-19 and has started the process to increase the revenue through tax collected last year.
Garg said the department had made elaborate arrangements for property owners to deposit the tax. Residents could deposit the tax at all sampark centres and also pay online by logging onto the sampark centre website.
No tax will be deposited in banks like in the past. He said the rebate scheme had been announced with an aim to collect a maximum amount of tax. He made an appeal to all residents to avail the benefit of the scheme to avoid notices.
The department has almost completed the GIS survey of properties which has enabled it to identify each and every property situated in the city. There were around 24,000 commercial units while the number of residential properties in the city has reached around 70,000.
An MC official said printed tax demand bills would also be issued by the civic body. Arrears of the past, if any, would also be included in the notices. Last year, the MC issued over 20,000 notices to the defaulters under Section 138 of the Punjab MC Act – 1976 as extended to the UT for depositing the tax.
with inputs from news agencies.