PMC Losing Rs 150 Cr Property Tax Annually For Lack Of Draftsmen To Measure Building Plans

(Pune Mirror, October 20, 2010)
Can the property tax collection of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) get a boost just by inducting some draftsmen on staff? Yes, if one goes by the proposal by some corporators. A proposal before the standing committee of PMC states the civic body needs more draftsmen to increase the revenue.
Corporators Sanjay Nande and Shrikant Pujari have put forth this proposal. According to them, “The city is witnessing an explosion in constructions. The tax department is responsible for taxing them, so collection will see a boom.”
Property tax is levied in accordance with the area of the building. Since draftsperson can measure the area correctly, they are needed in the tax department. However, most of the draftsmen are currently in the building department, they said. Hence, they have recommended some draftsmen be hired.
The PMC has various pending tax complaints. The civic body has to recover Rs 51 crores from 210 cases of property tax. The standing committee has also approved a committee headed by retired High Court judge R M Bapat for this purpose.
Speaking to Mirror, Nande said, “The tax department has already asked for two draftsmen to be recruited for the assessment. There are not enough technically sound persons in the department.
Builders usually show the partially completed buildings which are never assessed again. They escape the tax net easily. Hence, if a draftsman is in the department, he can calculate how much tax the PMC can collect simply by studying the plan.”
The PMC had collected property tax of Rs 274.44 crore against the estimated amount of Rs 482.82 crore in 2009-2010. During the preparation of the budget this year, the standing committee had claimed that 45,000 properties do not fell in the tax net, eroding revenue by Rs 150 crore.
Vilas Kanade said, “I know about such a proposal but do not know the exact details of it. We have started charging tax on one lakh properties, which is the highest number of properties in the history of the PMC. However, some properties escape because of lack of manpower.”
The Current System
The PMC levies property tax on buildings in three ways. First, the building department sends occupation certificate to the tax department, depending on which tax is levied. Some residents approach the PMC and declare their properties voluntarily. The third way is the manual scrutiny of the building in PMC limits.
Explaining the reasons of less taxing, Kanade said, “Sometimes, the building is ready but only two or three families are moved in. The properties can’t be taxed until they are occupied totally. Sometimes, the buildings are used rarely and other times the completion certificate does not come in time.”
However, lack of manpower does not allow the department to scrutinise all properties. According to Kanade, there are no special teams to scrutinise such properties and has to be carried out by the employees, who are not experts.

PCMC To Levy Penalty On Property Tax Defaulters

(TNN, Oct 18, 2010)
PUNE: Propoerty tax defaulters in the Pimpri-Chinchwad township will have to pay a penalty of two per cent of the tax amount per month from this year, said Shahaji Pawar, assistant commissioner, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
Pawar added that municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma had approved the proposal based on the new government resolution (GR) permitting civic bodies to levy penalty on defaulters.
There are 2.71 lakh properties in the municipal limits. The PCMC property tax department had, for the first time in the 26 years of its existence, crossed the Rs 100 crore collection mark in 2009-10 with the collection of Rs 106 crore. The department auctions properties of defaulters if they fail to clear their outstanding dues. The department had initiated auction against 315 properties and mopped up Rs 2.87 crore from these defaulters in 2009-10.
Pawar said, “Property tax payers have to pay the tax for the first six months of the financial year till September 30 every year. If they fail to pay the tax in this period, they will have to pay a penalty of two per cent of the tax amount from October 1 onwards. The tax for the second half of the financial year has to be paid by December 31, failing which taxpayers will have to pay the penalty from January 1 onwards.”
He said that for 2010-11, people should pay the tax for the first six months by October-end to avoid payment of penalty.
The state government had issued a GR on June 5, 2010, empowering municipal corporations to charge two per cent penalty per month for delay in payment of tax. The Pune Municipal Corporation decided to implement the GR a month ago.
The property tax department starts sending property tax bills for the first six months of the financial year from June, giving three months time to pay the tax. The bills for the second half are sent from October onwards.

Rs 18-Lakh Dues In 15 Days From Pune Property Tax Defaulters

(Indian Express, Oct 17 2010)
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Over the past fortnight, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has collected Rs 18 lakh property tax dues, including the penalty, from nearly 16,000 defaulters. The civic administration decided to impose a fine of 2 per cent on people who have property tax dues in their names.
Based on the directions issued by the state under the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations Act of 1949, the move came into effect from October 1. Owners of 2.5 lakh properties, out of 6.8 lakh assessed, have to pay the 2 per cent penalty. The civic body is looking at collecting approximately Rs 2 crore exclusively through the penalty this year.
“We started imposing the penalty on property tax from October 1. We found that out of 6.8 lakh assessed properties, there are about 2.5 lakh owners, who are yet to pay their property tax dues. While some of them had not paid tax in the first semester, some others had not paid the tax over the past couple of years,” said Vilas Kanade, chief of the property tax department.
He said though the people were complaining about the penalty, they have no option but to pay up. “Till Friday, about 16,000 property owners paid their dues worth Rs 18 lakh, inclusive of the penalty. This move is likely to provide an additional revenue of Rs 2 crore this year,” said Kanade. The property tax bills are distributed to property owners within the city limits twice a year, with a six-month division. For 2010-11, property tax had to be paid before September 30. The second installment has to be paid by December 31, 2010.
While the property tax collection in 2009-10 was Rs 370 crore, this year the initial six months have given the civic body Rs 320 crore of property tax. This year, the tax collection department has set a target of Rs 500 crore, the official said.

No Extra Charge To Use PCMC Property Tax Pay Centre

PUNE: Citizens of Pimpri and Chinchwad will not have to pay extra to use the municipal corporation’s pay point system when paying their property and water taxes.
According to Sahebrao Gaikwad, assistant commissioner, PCMC, pay point centres are being opened on a public private partnership (PPP basis) at the Citizen Facilitation Centres (CFCs) located at the PCMC main office building in Pimpri and the four zonal offices.
Citizens can pay their property and water taxes at these centres. At present, only one pay point centre at the main office building is operational. Gaikwad said that the pay point centres at other locations would be operationalised next month.
“The PCMC is considering a proposal to give Rs 3 per transaction to the private contractor as service charges. Citizens will not be charged a fee. A proposal in this regard will be tabled before the standing committee at the weekly meeting to be held next week.”
Gaikwad said that PCMC already charges Rs 5 in the property and tax bills issued to citizens.

PMC Appoints New Panel To Resolve Water, Property Tax Cases

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) standing committee on Tuesday directed the civic administration to appoint a commission to resolve the pending cases with disputes on water tax and property tax.
The committee urged the administration to resolve the disputed cases before incurring two per cent tax on the dues of property tax. “The administration has assured of setting up the commission with immediate effect,” said Arvind Shinde, chairman of standing committee. There are pending dues of Rs 200 crore of water tax and Rs 75 crore of property tax with the civic body.

Pune Property Tax Defaulters To Face 2% Monthly Fine

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to execute the state government’s notification to impose a two per cent penalty on people who fail to pay their property tax for the first six months of the year 2010-11 before September 30.
The government notification of May 31, 2010, has authorised the civic body to impose a fine of two per cent on the tax amount for every defaulting month if the property tax is not paid within a given period of time. The second instalment of the property tax has to be paid before December 31, 2010.
In the last two years, the PMC has brought nearly 80,000 properties under its tax net. However, an estimated 45,000 properties still remain out of its reach. The standing committee has repeatedly told the administration to make an effort to widen its tax net. Once the unassessed properties are covered, the civic body is expected to get an additional revenue of Rs 100 crore to 150 crore.
The PMC’s tax collection and assessment department has already submitted a plan regarding this to the standing committee. After octroi, property tax is a major source of revenue for the PMC. The department has proposed that digital pictures of all properties be taken for records and an aluminium plate be fixed on each property, identifying its survey number and other details.
Meanwhile, in order to improve collection of property tax, the civic administration has proposed that zone-wise agencies be appointed to assess properties and bring unassessed properties under the tax net.

Pune Property Tax Rates May Rise With New System

Based on the directions of the state government, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to introduce the capital value system (CVS) for computing the Annual Rateable Value of a property, for fixing the property taxes in the city. The civic administration has tabled a proposal before the standing committee regarding the move.
The move has been designed to bring uniformity in the taxation system in all the municipal corporations across the state. As a result, if the proposal is cleared, the property tax charges might go up.
At present, the ARV is fixed on the standard rents fixed by the Rent Control Act. Under the ARV system, the probable gross rent of a property is taken into account. For domestic buildings, 20 percent of the amount is calculated. For commercial buildings 25 percent of the amount is calculated.
Under the new CVS, the calculation of tax is based on the value of the land as well as that of the building. It takes into account the capital value of the building, which is in turn based on the cost of the land as well as the cost of the building, net of depreciation.
The proposal says: “In different municipal corporations in the state, there are different methods of fixing the ARV of a particular property. But, in order to bring uniformity, transparency and introduce simplicity, the new method of CVS is being considered.” The ARV fixed under the capital value system, will be updated every five years.
Source
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/New-system-on-anvil-to-evaluate-property-tax-likely-to-push-up-rates/677588

Property Tax Defaulters To Pay Two Per Cent Penalty To PMC

PUNE: Starting October 2010, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will execute the state government’s notification to impose a two per cent penalty on property tax defaulters.
The state government on May 31, 2010, issued a notification, according to which the civic body has been authorised to impose a fine of two per cent every month if the property tax is not paid in the given period of time.
For the year 2010-11 property tax for the first six months has to be paid before September 30, 2010, and those who fail to pay it will have to pay a two per cent penalty on the tax amount every month till the tax is paid. The second instalment of the property tax has to be paid before December 31, 2010.
“The standing committee on Friday approved the proposal to impose a penalty. This will help the PMC to collect property tax on time and even citizens will respond positively to paying on time,” said standing committee chairman, Arvind Shinde while speaking to reporters.
In the last two years, the PMC has brought nearly 80,000 properties under its tax net. However, an estimated 45,000 properties still remain out of its reach. The standing committee has repeatedly told the administration to make an effort to widen its tax net. Once the unassessed properties come under the tax net, the civic body is expected to get an additional revenue of Rs 100 to 150 crore.
The PMC’s tax collection and assessment department has already submitted a plan to the standing committee. After octroi, property tax is a major source of revenue for the civic body. The department has proposed that digital pictures of all properties be taken for records and an aluminium plate be fixed on each property, identifying its survey number and other details.
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Pune Property Tax: PMC Says One-Time Tax Not Feasible

PUNE: Shooting down the Congress party’s proposal to amend the property tax rules to introduce a one-time (optional) tax payment scheme, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has stated that the proposal is unfeasible and will result in decline of the civic income from property tax collection.
“If at all the one-time tax plan is executed, the PMC cannot make it compulsory. Also, the civic body will face financial losses as if property owners pay tax for one-time as the PMC will not be able re-assess the property. Small properties could pay one-time tax, but big properties like malls, IT properties, banks, hospitals, hotels, etc will not show interest in the scheme considering the amount they will have to pay,” said municipal commissioner in his comments submitted to all party leader’s meeting.
The administration has stated that the proposal is not feasible as it will deprive the PMC from re-assessing the property and considering the rising property rates in the city, it will result in the financial loss to the civic body.
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PMC To Impose Penalty On Property Tax Defaulters

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will execute the state government’s notification to impose a 2 per cent penalty on property tax defaulters.
For the year 2010-11 property tax for the first six months has to be paid before September 30, 2010 and those who fail to pay it will have to pay a 2 per cent penalty on the tax amount every month till the tax is paid. The second instalment of the property tax has to be paid before December 31, 2010.
The PMC’s tax collection and assessment department has proposed that digital pictures of all properties be taken for the department’s records and an aluminium plate be fixed on each property, identifying its survey number and other details.
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