Aurangabad civic body to embarrass property tax defaulters

AURANGABAD: Going tough against the tax defaulters, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is now planning to adopt a unique method to recover its dues. The authorities have planned to embarrass the tax defaulters by beating drums outside the premises of commercial and residential property owners who have been evading tax worth Rs 1 lakh or more.

The municipal authorities would adopt the age-old method of drum-beating for tax recovery to embarrass the defaulters so that they could collect the dues. “Despite repeated notices, the defaulters are not responding and thus we are planning to adopt the new method which is being practiced in many cities. We are preparing a list of major tax defaulters who may face the heat of new method of tax recovery that is likely to begin within next eight to 10 days,” said Vasant Nikam, in-charge of tax recovery in the AMC.

Nikam said the list of the major tax defaulters will be ready within a week after which the drive to shame them would begin. “The last quarter of the financial year is very crucial for us and we aggressively recover tax. The idea of beating drums is part of aggressive recovery drive to be launched across the city,” he said. However, sources in the municipal body said the municipal authorities are also planning to display the name of defaulters while beating drums on their premises. “Initially, the drive will be carried out for commercial category tax evaders and in March it is likely to be implemented for residential properties,” said the sources.

Sources also said the municipal body would disconnect tap connections of the defaulters and seal the property.

Many residential and commercial property owners are either evading tax or paying undervalued amount for quite a long which has led to financial crises. However, recently the authorities have planned to adopt strict measures to recover tax. They are first targeting the commercial category property owners followed by residential ones.

The total number of properties within the municipal limits is 1.92 lakh, of which 20,000 fall under the commercial category and 1.72 lakh are residential. From these properties, the AMC has collected Rs 63 crore as property tax in the 2016-17 financial year. However, according to a rough estimates figure of outstanding dues is more than Rs 200 crore.

Credits ET Realty

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