PUNE: Around 20,000 taxpayers paid their property bills in three days after the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) appealed to them to pay the bills online on Wednesday. The property tax department collected Rs 19 crore in these three days.
PMC appealed to property owners to pay property tax online. It also assured to send tax bills through emails as the PMC could not print the bills due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The property tax department clarified that if taxpayers pay bills up to April 30, 2020, they will get a 5-10-per cent rebate on the bill amount.
Property tax is one of the major revenue sources of the PMC. Every year, the property tax department uploads details in the system and prints and circulates bills by post in April.
Vilas Kanade, PMC Property Tax Department head, said, “Taxpayers have given a good response to the PMC’s appeal and paid Rs 19 crore. Over 19,000 taxpayers have paid bills so far after the PMC appealed to pay property tax bills online. The taxpayers who will pay one-time property tax bill up to April 30, 2020, will get a 5-10-per cent rebate on the bill amount.”
PMC has started emailing the bills and giving alerts through SMSes. There are 10.5 lakh taxpayers in the city. Of these, PMC has data of mobile numbers of nine lakh taxpayers.
It has started the process of sending e-bills to around 7.5 lakh property taxpayers. Property taxpayers who do not have emails or mobile numbers can check property tax bills on the PMC websites ([http://%20www.punecorporation.org] www.punecorporation.org or propertytax.punecorporation.org)
There are 10.50 lakh properties, including those in the newly merged 11 villages, with the PMC limits. Of these, nearly 12.5 per cent are commercial, over 12.5 per cent are residential properties. There are 3.5 per cent who have properties that have open plots. There is 2 per cent of mixed properties of commercial and residential establishments.