The Ghaziabad municipal company has initiated a concerted effort to attain a 100 per cent transition to online fee transactions for property tax collections from households, officers conscious of the event mentioned.
Officers mentioned that they obtained directives from the state authorities to diligently work in direction of this goal, provided that the present protection stands at roughly 60-65 per cent.
The company’s jurisdiction encompasses round 448,000 properties, and this quantity is anticipated to extend to 664,000, as beforehand untaxed properties come underneath the tax web following a Geographic Info System (GIS) survey carried out final yr.
Sanjeev Kumar Sinha, the company’s chief tax evaluation officer, mentioned, “In accordance with authorities directives obtained on August 10, we have now been instructed to attain 100 per cent online tax fee protection. At present, our protection stands at roughly 60-65 per cent for roughly 4.48 lakh properties. To realize this aim, we’re planning to acquire POS machines and have additionally initiated efforts to allow payments by way of the Unified Cost Interface (UPI).”
Official information point out that the company has set a goal of roughly ₹33,230.44 lakh for the fiscal yr 2023-24, whereas it has collected roughly ₹8,198.01 lakh from April 1 to August 29 this yr.
Throughout the fiscal yr 2022-23, the civic company collected ₹20,667.1 lakh in tax income in opposition to a goal of ₹26,813.3 lakh. Equally, the gathering for the fiscal yr 2021-22 amounted to roughly ₹17,547.98 lakh in opposition to a goal of ₹25,935.04 lakh.
“At current, tax payments may be made by way of restricted online modes, and money payments are additionally accepted at our zonal workplaces. A computerized receipt is offered immediately. We anticipate that by the top of this yr, property homeowners will be capable of make payments online and in a cashless method,” added Sinha.
In the meantime, former councillors accustomed to the workings of the civic company have prompt adjustments to the method of sending tax payments to households.
“It’s typically noticed that tax payments are generated and distributed just a few months after the beginning of the monetary yr. The company ought to streamline the method so that individuals obtain payments at first of the monetary yr. This can even support in elevated collections, and stricter enforcement in opposition to tax defaulters ought to be carried out,” mentioned Rajendra Tyagi, a former councillor from Raj Nagar.
In a current August survey carried out by the company, it was found that at the very least 33,061 retailers have been working from residential buildings and homes within the metropolis. Surprisingly, these institutions have been being charged at residential tax charges quite than business charges.
The company has devised a plan to reclassify such institutions underneath blended land use, subjecting the store areas to business charges, that are usually three to 6 occasions larger than residential charges.
Officers estimate that the 33,061 retailers presently pay ₹6,67,29,006 in taxes per yr, which is anticipated to extend to ₹31,09,89,420 underneath the business charge. This variation is anticipated to generate an extra estimated income of ₹24,42,60,414 for the civic body.