New amnesty scheme for property taxpayers

Staff Reporter

The scheme valid till October 31

No penalty or interest on taxpayers

NEW DELHI: In a bid to bring more taxpayers under its tax net, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is launching its amnesty scheme for property tax from Wednesday.

Under the scheme which is valid till October 31, property tax payers will be able to clear their tax liability without being charged any penalty or interest.

However, those who fail to pay the property tax by October will face harsh penalties including sealing of bank accounts or seven-year jail term.

Announcing this, Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain said: “The scheme offers a unique opportunity to such citizens to clear their tax liability without penalty or interest. The property tax department has made elaborate arrangements for guidance of the taxpayers and helping them in filling property tax return. Special teams have been constituted in all 12 zonal offices and the property tax headquarters at Lajpat Nagar. In addition, special arrangements have been made for guidance of taxpayers through telephone.”

“Those taking the benefit of the scheme will face no penal action. However, those not coming out to pay their tax may face harsh action once MCD identifies the defaulters following a survey carried out by the Survey of India,” he added.

According to the civic agency, the main benefits of the scheme are waiver of penalty of 30 per cent and waiver of the full amount of interest from beginning till date.

Under the scheme, all property tax payers in the city will also get a special identification number from the civic agency on the lines of the Permanent Account Number.

Those property owners coming forward to pay property tax to the MCD would also benefit in getting their building plans sanctioned.

The MCD is collecting tax from 9.5 lakh properties while there are over 25 lakh taxable properties in Delhi.

The Mayor also said the MCD would collect tax from property owners in unauthorised colonies whose status had not been clarified so far.

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