The residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad have responded overwhelmingly to the state government’s decision to waive off the penalty tax on illegal structures. Over the past three days, more than 1,500 citizens have paid their original property tax and have received a full waiver on the penalty tax.
The state government’s directive has encouraged citizens to come forward and pay their property tax, which is mandatory to receive the waiver. With just a few days left for the financial year to end, additional cash counters have been opened at various zonal offices to cater to the increasing number of taxpayers.
The PCMC website has also made it easier for citizens to get a certificate for the waiver of penalty by filling up the necessary information. It is important to note that the waiver of penalty tax does not imply the regularisation of illegal constructions. The GR has made it clear that the waiver is conditional on the payment of the original tax and does not guarantee the regularisation of illegal structures.
The penalty tax system has been in place for over a decade, but the PCMC has only been able to collect Rs 106 crore in property tax during this time. The state government’s decision to waive the penalty tax on illegal constructions is expected to encourage more citizens to come forward and pay their dues, leading to an increase in revenue for the PCMC.
Citizens can also visit the PCMC website http://www.pcmcindia.gov.in to get the certificate for waiver of penalty after filling up the requisite information and additional cash counters have been opened at various zonal offices.
“Citizens are now stepping up to pay their basic taxes. But, property owners will now face confiscation and other punitive measures if they fail to pay even the minimum tax,” said Nilesh Deshmukh (Assistant Commissioner, Tax Collection Department) PCMC.