MC collects property tax, fails to keep records
The tax branch of the civic body has been collecting property tax of R18 crore without maintaining any record for the past six years, reveals the annual audit report of the MC
CHANDIGARH: The tax branch of the Chandigarh municipal corporation has been collecting property tax without maintaining any record for the past six years.
The matter came to light after the annual audit report of the MC, which was submitted on November 27, pointed out that the record of property tax was not being maintained properly and the assessment list containing the particulars regarding names and addresses of owners/occupiers of buildings/land along with value and area of each unit of property duly confirmed by the competent authority empowered to deal with the matter, was not being prepared.
Every year, the MC collects nearly Rs 18 crore as property tax.
Scrutinising the cash book, it was observed that no receipt entry was signed by the controlling officer. The receipts were not reconciled with the bank and cash book from 2006-2007 onwards.
Over six years have lapsed, but no demand and collection register of property tax was maintained from where the position of demand and recovery of property tax could be ascertained, the report said.
A city-based social activist, Kuldeep Singh, who has been paying property tax regularly, said, “It is unfortunate the way the tax branch of the MC is functioning. It clearly shows that there is no system to collect property tax. They send regular notices to some people and many have not even received a single notice for the past several years. We urge the authorities concerned to make the system more transparent.”
The Chandigarh administration had framed bylaws for levying property tax which contemplates that every owner rentable value of whose land and building exceeds Rs 30,000 per annum shall furnish a return in this behalf and
It is unfortunate the way the tax branch of the MC is functioning. It clearly shows that there is no system to collect
property tax KULDEEP SINGH
if he fails to do so, or gives any false information shall be punishable with fine, which may extend to Rs 5,000 or imprisonment for a term extendable to three months.
The assessee, who voluntary deposits tax within 30 days of the introduction of the scheme, a rebate of 10% will be allowed.
Those who do not opt for self-assessment scheme may deposit tax within a period of one month from the issue of tax bill. Tax shall be charged with interest @18% per annum.