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Thursday, 30 July 2020

30% owners yet to pay property tax in Chandigarh

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29

While the last date to pay property tax is just two days away, about 30 per cent people are yet to pay the levy in the city.

Those failing to pay the tax before July 31 will have to shell out more money and may also receive notices from the Municipal Corporation.

According to the civic body, about 71,000 people have paid property tax of about Rs34.38 crore. The total number of residential and commercial tax payers is 1.06 lakh. Other 41,000 property owners are either fully or partially exempted from paying the tax.

Nearly 58,000 residential unit holders paid property tax of Rs10.24 crore while the cash-starved civic body received commercial tax to the tune of Rs24.34 crore from 13,500 persons.

The MC had set a target of Rs48 crore tax revenue for the current fiscal. "In August, we will start issuing notices to the property tax defaulters," said an official.

If the tax is not paid despite notices, the final notice would be served on the defaulters. Those failing to pay the levy would be issued property attachment notices.

In the past few years, the corporation had attached a number of commercial properties after their owners failed to deposit the tax. The MC had earlier extended the last date for tax payment due to the lockdown. It again extended the last date for depositing the tax by cheque/demand draft upto July 31.

The last date for depositing property tax at Sampark counters by cheque was July 27, which was extended keeping in view heavy rush at the counters.

Till July 31, tax payers will get 20 per cent rebate on residential tax and 10 per cent on commercial tax. Thereafter, there will be a fine of 25 per cent and 12 per cent interest on the tax dues.



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