Civic bodies in Delhi give more time to file property tax with 15% rebate

NEW DELHI: If you missed the Friday deadline to pay your property tax while availing the 15% early filing rebate, there’s some good news.

As many Delhiites complained about the glitches in the new property tax portal that made it harder to file the taxes on time, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation have decided to extend the deadline by another month.

North corporation mayor Jai Prakash said that the extension will help genuine tax payers. The civic agency has been facing acute financial crunch and has been unable to pay the salaries of doctors, teachers and officials for several months now.

Standing committee chairman for SDMC Rajdatt Gahlot also confirmed that the corporation has extended the last date of payment of property tax with 15% rebate to August 31.

Amit Kumar Sharma, accessor and collector for SDMC said that till date 2.4 lakh residents have paid up, generating Rs 295 crore. “Last year, SDMC collected Rs 430 crore in the same time period after 2.6 lakh residents paid their property tax,” Sharma said. The civic body has organised 114 tax collection camps in South zone, 104 camps in Central zone, 57 camps in Najafgarh zone and 173 camps in West zone till now.

However, SDMC witnessed a rush of taxpayers on the last filing day. “While the final figures are still being collected, more than 17,000 people have filed the taxes on Friday,” an official said. South corporation has an annual target for property tax collection of Rs 1,100 crores in 2020-21. In the last financial year, 4.3 lakh people in south Delhi had filed their taxes till the March deadline.

Gahlot added that under an amnesty scheme, the previous taxes for unauthorised colonies have been waived. However, they have to pay the property tax for financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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