Diligent property taxpayers in Pune likely to get special discounts in next bill
Publish on : 2020-10-15 12:19:09
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is contemplating to offer these timely taxpayers a rebate in the next municipal budget.
PUNE: Diligent property taxpayers in the Pune civic limits are likely to be rewarded in the form of a special discount on the levy in the next financial year.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is contemplating to offer these timely taxpayers a rebate in the next municipal budget. Nearly 15% of the general tax would be waived as a token of appreciation for their diligent payment.
The step is being considered after the recently announced amnesty scheme for defaulters raised questions about the intention of the civic body. Civic activists and a group of elected members expressed displeasure about the scheme, stressing that the PMC had breached the trust of sincere taxpayers by offering special consideration to tax defaulters.
Around 80% of the fine would be waived under the amnesty PMC’s amnesty scheme launched on October 2. The defaulters can avail the scheme till November 30.
Against this backdrop, a group of corporators demanded that genuine property taxpayers should also get some concession in tax in appreciation of their diligence. The criticism prompted the consideration of a special discount scheme for regular taxpayers.
“The special concession can be given based on the previous records of the taxpayers and their consistency in payments. At least 15% special discount must be given. If those who pay the tax sincerely are not rewarded, a wrong message will go to society. The tendency to default on tax payment will continue,” said Aba Bagul, the leader of Congress in the PMC.
He said his party would initiate steps to ensure that the genuine taxpayers got special discount in their next property tax bill. It would underline the importance of diligence in paying municipal taxes, he added.
A senior PMC official said, “The special tax relief can be given after taking permission from the standing committee and the general body. If it has to be made a permanent feature, a policy has to be framed.”
Hemant Rasane, the chairman of the PMC standing committee, told TOI, “The aim behind the amnesty scheme is to make sure that the defaulters pay their dues. The civic body can earn around Rs1,000 crore from this scheme. Such a scheme has become the need of the hour because of the reducing income of the PMC because of Covid-19.”
He said the PMC had put a cap on the amount of tax default to be considered under this scheme. Only needy people unable to pay the tax because of weak financial condition can get the benefit under it. Any decisions about schemes for other proposals and taxpayers would be taken in due course of time, he added.