By Accommodation Times Bureau
The house tax defaulters in Agra will be soon receiving a recovery certificates from Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC). The recovery certificates are to be issued to 70,000 defaulters, who are yet to clear dues from the past 10 years.
“Thousands of people owning residential and commercial properties in the city have not paid taxes for several years. We have identified these defaulters and ward-wise lists have also been prepared to keep a tab on evaders. If they fail to clear outstanding dues, legal action will be initiated against them,” Municipal commissioner, Vijay Kumar, said.
The civic body had early issued notices to these property owners but failed to receive any response.
AMC had recovered Rs 25 crore as tax money in the financial year 2016-17. This year, the target is set at Rs 28 crore. But if assessed and compounded properly, the per annum collection of house tax here can go up to Rs 75 crore, officials said.
The Civic body had conducted a survey in 2012 on house tax collection in city areas and owners of 1.80 lakh properties were found to be defaulting on tax payment.
The civic administration has been upgrading property records in 100 municipal wards and recorded details of 3 lakh properties, according to official sources.
At present, AMC accepts tax manually but citizens will soon also be able to deposit money online through the civic body’s website, said officials.
The officials said, at present, AMC accepts tax manually but citizens will soon also be able to deposit money online through the civic body’s website.