On Wednesday, BBMP Special Commissioner Rashmi V informed the council that the authorities have brought reforms in property tax filing as they have set a target to collect Rs 2,500 crore in tax. “The previous IFMS system did not help in preventing property tax leakage. The present online system has helped in bringing transparency in the system. There is also a self assessment form which can be filled by property tax payers,” she said.
“Tax payers can generate a challan online and pay in banks or even via net banking. We have also informed BBMP reach centres to assist the public. As the new online filing is in place, it needs to be massively promoted using various mediums to help people adapt to the new system,” she added.
The issue of double payment to contractors also came up for discussion. BBMP Chief Accounts Officer Ramachandra said, “In August 2015, Rs 21 crore was excessively released due to the negligence of Guru Basavaiah, ACF. Later, we froze BBMP’s bank accounts and got the money back. About Rs 50 lakh is pending and will be collected at the earliest.” Mayor Manjunath Reddy ordered an inquiry into this and also recommended the Forest Department, from where Guru Basavaiah was sent on deputation, to suspend him.
Although BBMP has raked in more than Rs 1,000 crore in property tax till now, just Rs 3.5 lakh has been collected from commercial properties in May and June. Also, close to five lakh properties, both commercial and non-commercial, are yet to be identified for collecting tax. The rebate period was extended twice on account of BBMP’s poor arrangements to process the payments.
Credits The New Indian Express