The Bihar government on Tuesday said it has launched a new amnesty scheme to pay taxes for residents who have recently constructed their houses in municipal areas of the state.
Under the scheme, such householders submitting holding taxes by February 28 at one go would have their remaining dues waived off, state Finance Minister S K Modi said.
If they deposit their holding taxes after February 28, it would be realised from the date they had applied for power connections for their residences from the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB), he said.
"Householders who have constructed residences lately in the state's towns should take advantage of the scheme. Failure to do so would expose them for penalties under the Bihar Municipality Act 2007, wherein apart from a fine they will also be compelled to pay holding taxes from the date they applied for electrical connections for their houses," Modi said.
For the old householders who pay their holding taxes at one go, the department has delayed the date of depositing taxes till January 31, he said.
"In view of the overwhelming response by old householders in clearing their holding taxes, municipalities have been directed to set up special holding tax collection centrism," he said adding that they have also been advised to appoint adequate number of holding tax collectors.