1 in 2 properties in B’luru not paying annual tax – Times of India

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BENGALURU: While there are an estimated 4 million properties in Bengaluru, only 20.2 lakh have ‘A’ or ‘B’ khatas (revenue documents) and pay taxes to the Bruhit Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.BBMP).
According to BBMP data, 13.4 lakh are ‘A’. sour properties in the city and 6.8 lakh ‘B’ account properties. The data shows that only 20.2 lakh properties with ‘A’ or ‘B’ khata are paying property tax to the civic agency.
The BBMP estimated that over 1.5 lakh properties in the city are without ‘A’ or ‘B’ khata documents and thus are not paying a single penny in property tax.

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Therefore, BBMP has planned an initiative to trace them and integrate them into the accounting system and enhance its revenue collection.
The civic body has assessed around 4 million properties by collating data from various agencies.
BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath said recently that many owners do not choose ‘B’ Khata to allegedly avoid it. Payment of property tax. To address this, BBMP is seeking information on building plan approvals from the Town Planning Division to identify properties that are not sour. This will bring such properties under the ambit of property tax.
The data shows that there are 13.6 lakh residential properties, a little over 1 lakh non-residential properties, 8,062 industrial properties and around 4.5 lakh other properties paying property tax to the BBMP.
The BBMP has set an ambitious target of collecting Rs 4,790 crore under property tax in 2023-24, including cess, against Rs 3,155 crore in the previous year (2022-23). BBMP has collected over Rs 3,000 crore till the first week of November for the financial year 2023-24.
The BBMP recently started impounding tax defaulters’ vehicles, freezing their bank accounts and sealing commercial properties. Collection of tax. According to BBMP officials, there are a few defaulters who have not paid or underpaid taxes for years together. BBMP revenue officials have sent notices to more than 10,000 defaulters who owe BBMP nearly Rs 300 crore. Deputy CMD K Shivakumar recently said that property tax arrears in Bengaluru city is Rs 430 crore.

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