The BBMP has collected a record Rs.2,291 crore in property tax in the city between April 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021.
It is Rs.239 crore more as compared to last year. Covid-19 is also in control and the city is returning to normalcy. In this background the property tax section seems to be performing well.
There is an interesting trend in the payment of property tax collection this time. Online payment is more compared to offline tax. Rs.1,230 crore is collected from online payment and Rs.1,061 crore is collected via bank account.
This year there was a target of collecting Rs.4,000 crore in property tax. In the last six months, the target was surpassed with about 57 per cent of property tax. To reach the 100 per cent target by collecting the remaining 53 per cent, the BBMP organised a tax collection campaign, Khata mela and other programmes.
Notices were issued to 1.41 lakh people who were among the 3 lakh people who were not paid property tax. So, this year tax collection is increased. By organising Khata mela, BBMP has included more than 21,000 new properties in Yelahanka, Mahadevapura, and Bommanahalli and also instructed zone revenue officers to include more than one lakh properties under the BBMP tax structure.
A BBMP official said, “The tax structure is different for a site, residential, and commercial buildings. But some people evade tax on buildings by paying only for sites. Tax must be paid according to declaration made by residents to the BBMP. But most people pay tax by dodging documents. Hence, the BBMP has asked its personnel to verify the tax amount paid with the actual property tax so that it doesn’t suffer any losses.”