BENGALURU: If you have erred in declaring the actual dimension of your property or under-valued it under property tax self-assessment scheme (SAS), here’s your chance to correct it. Starting December 14, the BBMP is giving a one-time opportunity to taxpayers to declare right assessments online. You have a chance to rectify the errors till January 13. The move follows several cases of tax payers not declaring actual dimension of their property.
In a public circular, BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said wrong declaration or under-valuation of property is a violation under Section 108A of Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act, 1976 and wrongdoers will have to face hefty penalties and other punishments. The rule applies to all types of property tax declarations, including that of building dimension, zonal classification and usage of property. “If there are any changes in these factors and if the same is not declared under SAS, property owners should come forward and declare it now,” stated the circular.
The BBMP has said that revised declarations can be made online by generating a chalan on BBMP website, www.bbmptax.karnataka.gov.in. Once the challan is generated, payments can also be made offline through select banks, details of which are available on the BBMP website and in ward offices. Those unable to generate challans online can visit BBMP ward offices and offices of Assistant Revenue Officer (ARO) for assistance. For further queries, people can contact the BBMP control room at 080-22660000.
Aim to mop up revenue
A senior Palike official said the move is aimed at mopping up revenue to fill the Palike’s cash-strapped coffers. The BBMP hopes to get crores of rupees through this exercise, as a large chunk of declarations under SAS is believed to be under-valued. “Once the January 13 deadline is over, zonal-level officials will crosscheck the declared data under SAS and conduct surveys to verify the same. Those making wrong declarations or not bothering to do the revision will have to cough up heavy fines,” said a source.
Rs 100 crore tax collected in a month
M K Gunashekar, chairman of the standing committee on taxation and finance, said the civic body was able to collect Rs.100 crore in November, thanks to demonetization. “Compared to other months, this month’s collection has been more. It’s evident that taxpayers wanted to get rid of banned notes,” he added.
Senior officials from the BBMP’s revenue wing said mapping of properties in the city is on in full swing and that compared to last year, over 2 lakh more properties have been brought under the tax ambit this time. “Last year, we had a list of only 16 lakh properties. This year, the number has gone up to 18.70 lakh ,” said an official.
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