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

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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

so­cial ac­tivist

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.

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