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Pay professional tax before March 31

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The Hindu      13.02.2017  

Pay professional tax before March 31

The Greater Chennai Corporation has appealed to all eligible tax-payers to pay professional tax for the second half year of 2016-2017 before March 31.

All pay-drawing and self-drawing officers of State and Central Government departments, public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, other institutions, boards, all employers in private sector, professionals and self-employed persons should pay the tax. The maximum tax is Rs. 1095 and the minimum is Rs. 100, said a release. — Staff Reporter


‘Pay tax with old currency’

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The Hindu         21.11.2016  

‘Pay tax with old currency’

As part of a special campaign to improve tax collection, the Chennai Corporation will continue to accept old currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 from property tax assessees at 446 counters across the city. The counters that have been set up in all the 200 ward offices, 15 zonal offices, Ripon Buildings and common service centres will operate till Thursday. Residents can call the civic body helpline 1913 for clarifications.


Metrowater tax collection sees a surge

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The Hindu     13.07.2016 

Metrowater tax collection sees a surge

Chennai Metrowater has collected taxes and charges of Rs. 92.77 crore during the first quarter of this fiscal.

This is nearly 24 per cent more than the amount collected during the same period last year.

While Metrowater is continuing its vigorous collection drive, residents of some added areas, however, raised concern about the quantum of tax and charges collected.

Numbers up

The amount collected is nearly Rs. 17.70 crore more than the Rs. 75.07 crore collected last year during the same months.

Some residents in Officers Colony, Anna Nagar Western Extension complained that the collection centre in Metrowater depot-89 office often remained closed either because of lack of manpower or internet connectivity problems.

V. Padma, a resident, said she had to travel a few kilometres to the Ambattur zone office to pay her water and property tax.

Residents of Ambattur said they delayed applying for new connections fearing higher taxes and connection charges.

S. Raghuraman, a resident, said fresh assessment order provided by Chennai Corporation is being sought for new connections. This has added to the confusion of residents about getting connections.

Tax arrears

In Mogappair West too, residents were concerned about payment of tax arrears.

S. Swaminathan, secretary, JAMBA United Welfare Association (a federation of residents’ welfare associations of the locality), said though the work for a comprehensive drainage network is pending, people are asked to pay water and sewerage tax.

“Instead of insisting on paying tax for previous years, the water agency must seek water tax from the time connections are provided,” he said.

However, sources in Metrowater said water and sewerage tax are being collected in the added areas based on the property tax collected by the Greater Chennai Corporation.

While there may not be changes in the connection charges, water and sewerage tax will be levied according to the property tax levied. Moreover, arrears are also collected based on the period of property tax assessment.

The amount collected is nearly 24 per cent more than what was collected in the same period last year


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