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East dwellers get rid of tax receipts

East dwellers get rid of tax receipts
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Now you don’t need to preserve the receipts of property tax for years to show them to babus of of local civic body ‘as no dues certificate’ whenever they send you notices of pending property tax.

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has decided to introduce Electronic Passbook to maintain property tax records of all the properties of its area within six months. The passbook would be just a click away and you can check it by just entering your unique property code.

‘These Electronic Passbooks will help any property owner to view all records of property tax and they don’t have to preserve receipts of property tax. We will also make the entire process paperless with updating our online property tax submission,’ said Sajjan Singh Yadav, EDMC commissioner.

‘The Electronic Passbooks will contain date-wise record of property tax submitted by the owner for individual properties and could be viewed by entering its unique property identification code on the website of the corporation,’ added Yadav.

At present, the corporation doesn’t have proper records of property tax and the corporation asks owners to submit the receipt of taxes, whenever any dispute arises. Thus the onus to prove that the tax is submitted for a particular property lies on the owner.

‘We often face complaints about receiving notices for property tax, which the owners have already submitted. By introduction of this system, the process would be more transparent and citizen-friendly,’ added Yadav.

The corporation is also engaged in physical verification of all the properties in its area, to bring over 10 lakh tax payers under its net. At present, the number is 2.06 lakh.

‘In the current financial year, around 41,241 property owners in Shahdara, North zone, submitted online property tax and only 8,500 opted for manual submission from this region. Similarly, in Shahdara, South zone, 90,000  owners submitted property tax online and 50,000 opted for manual submission,’ said Yadav, supporting his vision.

The corporation has, so far, collected Rs 64.35 crore as property tax, which is around 20 per cent higher than last year.  ‘We have fixed weekly target for our officers to achieve our target of Rs 133 crore by March, which is around 50 per cent higher than the last year,’ added Yadav.

EDMC has around Rs 66.89 crore of tax dues on property owners in its area, for which it has initiated stringent action.
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