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Online fee relief for property taxpayers

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Online payment of property tax will not invite a transaction fee from September, mayor Firhad Hakim announced on Wednesday. Taxpayers, at present, have to pay a transaction fee for online payments of above Rs 2,000 to the Calcutta Municipal Corporation using debit or credit cards. The decision to waive the transaction fee, which is now 0.9 per cent of the total amount, was taken by Hakim after a Gangulybagan resident complained to him during a weekly session where the mayor takes calls from citizens across Calcutta and listen to their grievances.

The waiver would be effective from September 1, said a CMC official.

A resident told Hakim that he had trouble paying his property tax online.

Municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed admitted there was an issue of paying taxes online if the amount was more than Rs 2,000 because the transaction would invite a fee. Mayor Hakim immediately apologised and assured the caller that necessary amends would be made.

“I was not aware of this problem till you called up,” take the pains and can pay on- Hakim told the caller. “We will line,” he said.

ensure that you don’t have to Property tax remains one of the main sources of revenue for the Calcutta Municipal Corporation.

Records with the CMC’s tax collection unit reveals that during the last financial year the number of recorded assesses had increased from 7.85 lakh to 8.03 lakh.

The civic body has set a target of collecting Rs 1,021.50 crore from property tax for 2019-20 after reducing the age limit from 65 to 60 years for citizens eligible to bag a 10 per cent relief on property tax.

“We can’t ask our citizens to pay the transaction fee because they are using the gateway of a bank to pay taxes online. It is unfair. The corpora- tion will pay this amount,” Hakim said. “We will put in place a new system and that would be effective from September 1.” Senior officers overseeing the CMC’s tax collection said they would talk to banks and other institutions informing them that the civic body would be paying the transaction fee and necessary changes would be made in the website so that a citizen doesn’t end up paying for it.

“The idea is to bring more transparency and encourage citizens to opt for cashless transactions,” Ahmed later told Metro. “We will finish all the formalities in a week.”.


Source: The Telegraph

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