The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has initiated a drive to collect property tax under the self-assessment scheme (SAS), by visiting apartments in the city, through the resident welfare associations.
The visits will help the MCC to update the database on properties in the city. The officials are visiting the apartments with a laptop, so that data can be updated, and the property tax can also be collected via online mode of payment. In case residents are unable to pay online, then a challan is generated, to help the residents to make the payment at bank branches, the mayor told the media on Tuesday.
“There are over two lakh properties, including around 5,000 apartments in the city limits. After the online system of property tax payment was introduced on November 1, 2021, as many as 23,000 people have paid property taxes using the online application. A sum of Rs 7 crore in property tax has been collected since November. At present, the database on properties in the city, available with the MCC, is incomplete. The details of most of the properties furnished by property owners during the tax payment were not uploaded to the database. Most of the accounts do not have details of the khata changes with the new owners’ names. The introduction of an online property tax payment system will help the city corporation to update its database on properties, along with the tax collection,” the mayor said, adding that additional data entry operators will be appointed to help people pay property tax online from the MCC office.
Once the online property tax payment system is streamlined, the MCC will start sending an SMS alert to the registered phone numbers, with the link to pay the tax, along with the amount of tax to be paid. To pay the tax online, citizens have to open the link www.mccpropertytax.in/public and enter a 10-digit mobile phone number to generate an OTP. Property owners should verify whether building number, khata number, property ID and their address is in order, and furnish the required details as sought, he said.
MCC commissioner Akshy Sridhar said property owners should also update the name of the tenants, along with details of the property, if it is rented out. The details, including the road on which the property is located, type of property —commercial, residential or non-residential—should be mentioned. After furnishing the plinth area of property, along with other details sought, the tax amount will be generated, which can be paid through netbanking, using debit card, GooglePay, PhonePe, or bank transfer, he said.