In order to recover dues, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to take strict action against Property Tax Defaulters of the city. The authority has circulated a notification on this behalf recently. According to the notice, BBMP will first slap warrant against the defaulters and then will seize their properties.
As per a senior official from BBMP, the move came after the authority collected only Rs 2,000 crore as property tax as against the annual target of Rs 3,000 crore. BBMP has asked all the officials to take stringent action and submit a status report soon.
He further said, “The civic authority will be targeting those defaulters, who have not paid tax even after the repeated warning. Several owners have been already warned thrice but no response has been received. Around 100 top defaulters in each assistant revenue office zone will be identified for serving seizure warrants.”
The BBMP has also conducted a survey of some properties to identify cases of under-declaration during the self-assessment scheme (SAS). The survey revealed that these establishments have paid only Rs 601.26 crore, while they owed Rs 809.44. The deficit of Rs 200 crore is yet to be recovered.
It also reported that major property tax defaulters are from the commercial sector while rest is from residential segment. The major tax defaulters are from Bommanahalli (East), Mahadevapura (South and West) and Yelahanka zones.
To earn additional revenue as well as recover other dues, the state government is planning to amend the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976. After the amendment, those property owners who will violate sanctioned building plan and other construction norms will be penalized and have to pay double property tax.