There has been a surge in the collection of property tax online, by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), with Rs 80 crores collected in the first quarter this fiscal, the civic body said on June 28, 2017.
“The online collection up to June 20 was Rs 80 crores this year from 1,60,000 tax payers, as compared to Rs 60 crores from 1,31,000 tax-payers, in the corresponding period last year,” the civic body said. The amnesty scheme launched in 2016, also brought many new tax payers under the tax net, the SDMC said. The SDMC now plans to start a door-to-door survey of all properties falling in its jurisdiction, next month.
“The department is going to use the maps obtained from Geospatial Delhi Ltd. Based on the maps, the field surveyors will be visiting all properties and collecting the necessary data, to calculate the property tax liability and the details of tax paid by the property owner. This exercise is likely to be completed in nine months. The SDMC had collected property tax worth Rs 900 crores during financial year 2016-17, from nearly 4,50,000 tax payers. As per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, all buildings and vacant land are liable to be included for property tax,” the civic body said in a statement.
By a conservative estimate, there are at least 12 lakh properties, which are liable for property tax payment. The department is hopeful that this exercise of door-to-door survey, will bring the remaining properties under the tax net and will boost revenue collection further.