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Pune civic body collects Rs 85 crore from property tax defaulters
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Pune civic body collects Rs 85 crore from property tax defaulters
Publish on : 2020-10-28 17:11:03
PMC has waived off Rs 41 crore penalties owed by around 37,000 property owners. The civic body had to recover Rs 4,500 crore from defaulters — dues of Rs 2,100 crore and Rs2,400 crore in penalties. PUNE: The civic body has raked in Rs85 crore from property tax defaulters, who took advantage of the 80% penalty waiver offered under the amnesty scheme. PMC has waived off Rs41 crore penalties owed by around 37,000 property owners. The civic body had to recover Rs4,500 crore from defaulters — dues of Rs2,100 crore and Rs2,400 crore in penalties. The defaulters must pay a 2% levy on pending tax. Those who have defaulted the tax include owners of small homes as well as large commercial properties, well-known developers, industrial units and hotels, PMC officials said. PMC had introduced the amnesty scheme to provide relief in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. “The deadline to pay tax is November 30. We are likely to introduce a penalty on defaults later, so the overall benefit of the amnesty will be reduced. So people should ideally pay the tax before October 31 to avoid last-minute hassles,” Vilas Kanade, head of PMC property tax department, said. As per PMC data, 10.5 lakh properties are registered, of which around four lakh have yet to pay taxes. Taxpayers have the option of paying the taxes both offline and online. “The civic body aims to recover the maximum tax from defaulters. The amnesty scheme is a step to appeal to the defaulters and make them pay their dues,” Hemant Rasane, chairman of the civic standing committee, told TOI.

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