HYDERABAD: Eyeing more revenue collection from property tax this financial year, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials have started slapping red notices on property tax defaulters. Over two lakh notices have been served on tax defaulters from October first week.
Though the corporation is targeting Rs 1,000 crore collections this fiscal (2013-14), the collections are just Rs 382 crore till now.
Generally, the corporation sends red notices to the defaulters, who have not been paying tax for more than three years, from December or January. However this time, deputy municipal commissioners (DMCs) of respective municipal circles have been asked to list out habitual defaulters and slap notices immediately as the second half year of the financial year began from October.
“The DMCs of 18 circles have started issuing notices on top defaulters and the process would be completed by month-end. General demand notices will be served on property owners who have to pay only current year’s dues,” GHMC chief valuation officer P Vishwanath told STOI.
Official sources said the corporation had ordered printing of nearly three lakh red notices which would be sent to the circles required. Of 13.5 lakh property tax assessments, nearly six lakh property owners had paid tax dues amounting to Rs 382 crore till October 18, which is about Rs 50 crore more than the collections last year. “Usually, 70% of our collections come only in the last three months of the financial year. But our attempt is to get the collections before that time,” another official of the corporation said.
The GHMC tax wing officials have been asked to send two cases, in which the highest amount is involved, of their respective circles to the headquarters. If there is a problem in collecting tax amount, it would be dealt by the head office by engaging special advocates to tackle those cases, the officials said.
The officials are also planning to invoke the Revenue Recovery Act to seize movable and immovable properties of big defaulters in case dues were not paid by December.