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The Property Tax Department of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has issued a notice to 31,971 defaulters, warning them to confiscate their properties if they fail to pay their dues.
The tax department, which aims to collect Rs 1,000 crore this financial year, is currently looking at tax assessments of Rs 600 crore from defaulters. Of the 31,971 defaulters, 3,850 owners have so far failed to pay even one rupee in tax, officials said.
Deputy City Commissioner Nilesh Deshmukh said: “Action against tax defaulters will be carried out in three stages. In the first phase, action will be taken against those who have tax assessments of more than Rs 5 lakh. In the second phase, actions will be taken against those who have not paid the tax once. In the third stage, we will take action against those who have tax assessments of more than Rs 50,000.”
Deshmukh said defaulters include commercial, residential and industrial units. “We started issuing advisories from May. To date, we have issued 31,971 notices to defaulters. If they don’t pay, we will confiscate their property,” he warned.
Deshmukh said 3,850 landowners haven’t paid tax once since 2015. “Also, there are those who haven’t paid tax for 10 or 20 years,” he said. he declares.
Deshmukh said in the last fiscal year that the tax authorities aim to collect Rs 950 crore. “Due to Covid restrictions, we managed to secure Rs 625 crore. But this exercise, we are determined to raise Rs 1,000 crore. City Commissioner Shekhar Singh has instructed us to take all necessary steps to achieve the objective of this exercise,” he said.
In all, there are 5,79,000 properties within the PCMC boundaries. So far, the Inland Revenue has levied a property tax of Rs 300 crore. The tax is collected through 17 PCMC offices. The department also holds “Tax Sanvad” with citizens on the last Saturday of each month to raise awareness of the need to pay taxes on time.