Now pay property tax via phone in Chennai

Close on the heels of the launch of walk-in payment of property tax through nationalised banks, the Chennai Corporation is working on allowing property tax payment through mobile phones.

Officials also said the online property tax payment facility would be extended towards the expanded areas of the city corporation with in a month.

A senior corporation official said, “We are planning to introduce various methods to increase tax collection. One way is to make payment mode less cumbersome. So we are considering reviving property tax payment through mobile phones”.

To meet the additional expenditures after the expansion of the civic body, the revenue officials are keen on maximizing revenue through property tax, as the target of property collection is Rs 748 crore this year compared to Rs 558 crore last year. The total target property collection for the year 2012-13 is Rs 748 crore, which includes Rs 268 crore of arrears. Sources said that so far the civic body has collected Rs 52 crore as property tax, which includes 17 crore arrears.

Officials said the additional works and shortage of manpower were affecting the tax collection. “Last year, the property tax collection was slashed because of the state and civic elections. However, this year also many staff members are engaged in the census operations. So the new ways of collection with advanced technology will attract more revenues”, the official said.

The civic body on Thursday signed a memoranda of agreement with eight banks to introduce walk-in payments of property tax through 401 bank branches from June 15.

Source: Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai


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