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MCG pushes for recovery of Rs. 600 crore house tax dues

Deevakar Anand, Hindustan Times   Gurgaon , December 11, 2012
First Published: 00:34 IST(11/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:35 IST(11/12/2012)

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is going the whole hog to collect Rs. 600 crore as house tax from the residents of New Gurgaon areas in the next one and a half month. The collection has been pending since the inception of MCG in 2008.

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Now, the civic body has planned to link the payment of house tax or property tax with fire NOCs (No Objection Certificates) and trade licences. A property owner will not be issued NoC from the fire department or get the trade licences renewed without the payment of house tax.

The new norms will be implemented on malls, hotels, cinema complexes and even group housing societies and residential high rises. Mall owners and RWAs will be asked to make individual property owners in their complexes pay up, failing which the complex will not get the fire NoC or trade licence from the MCG.

MCG Commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya who held a meeting on Monday to chalk out the strategy for recovering house tax, said, “This is the core source of revenue for us. We will engage in discussion the industrial associations and RWAs to seek their support.”

The MCG is expecting the recovery of house tax from at least 4 lakh properties in Gurgaon. Two sub committees have been formed to recover the money. One committee is assigned for redressal of complaints as there are around 50,000 objections of various nature have been raised by the residents. According to the MCG’s assessment, more than Rs. 200 crore of outstanding tax can be recovered if objections are taken care of. These objections range an error in the name and address of the property owner to discrepancies in calculation of tax.

Till December 31, the tax payers can avail rebates on dues as per the new property tax policy which came in June 2012.

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