Owners of residential properties in Ahmedabad, are liable to pay property tax to the Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC) every year. The AMC has one of the more user-friendly and technologically advanced property tax payment systems in the country and this is evident in the fact that property tax payments increased significantly, at the beginning of the 2017-18 financial year.
The AMC had offered a 10 per cent rebate to property tax defaulters who cleared all their dues at the start of the financial year in 2017. Owing to this rebate, in the 45 days between April 1 and May 15, 2017, the AMC received Rs 282 crores as property tax payment. The amount was Rs 23.72 lakhs more than the AMC collected in the same time period, in 2016.
The AMC is one of the few municipal bodies in the country that enables its citizens to pay their property tax dues through its mobile app. In May 2017, the AMC said that the number of property tax payments through the ‘Ahmedabad AMC’ app increased 25-fold, as compared to the previous year. It also registered a 21 per cent increase in cashless transactions, between April 1 and May 15, 2017, leading to an overall 132 per cent increase in property tax collection, as compared to the previous year. It reported that there was an eight per cent drop in the number of cash transactions for property tax payments, an objective that most municipal bodies all over the country are trying to achieve.
How to calculate property tax for a residential property in Ahmedabad
The AMC calculates property tax payable on a property based on its capital value. This system of calculation has been in effect since 2001 and takes into consideration the following factors – location of the property, type of property, age of property and its usage. The formula for manual calculation of property tax is as follows:
Property tax = Area x Rate x (f1 x f2 x f3 x f4 x fn)
f1 = weightage given to the location of the property
f2 = weightage given to the type of property
f3 = weightage given to the age of the property
f4 = weight assigned to residential buildings
fn = weight assigned to the user of the property
The values attached to all the above weights are available on the AMC’s website.
Paying your property tax
The fastest way to pay your property tax to the AMC is online on its website, or through the ‘Ahmedabad AMC’ mobile android app.
Link for app download (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tcs.amc&hl=en
Once you enter your ‘Tenement Number’, you will be shown the amount that you owe as property tax. If you are making the payment online or through the app, you can use internet banking, or your debit/credit card. You can also pay your tax manually at any of the city’s civic centres.
The AMC collects half-yearly property tax payments and the last dates for payments are usually March 31 and October 15, every year. However, this is subject to change at the AMC’s discretion. Defaults and delays in payment invite a two per cent per month penalty and the penalty amount is added to the next property tax bill.