Bangalore HC disposes PIL on advance property tax

BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday disposed of a PIL challenging BBMP’s advance collection of property tax. A division bench headed by Chief Justice SK Mukherjee asked the commissioner to consider within three months the representation to be filed by Bharatha Surachana Mandala, a Bengaluru-based society.

The petitioner claimed that property tax depends on the structure of the building and its usage and any reduction because of changes will have to be verified by the ARO of that subdivision, and only then tax can be collected by BBMP. Petitioner’s point: “The present system of collecting advance property tax is no scientific… Honest citizens are inconvenienced because of paying unnecessary/inappropriate tax.

They have to visit BBMP offices many times and need to follow bureaucratic procedures that can result in corruption for claiming refund,” the petitioner claimed.

Credits ET Realty

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