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‘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


‘Govt. move on town panchayats will not impact property tax rates’

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The Hindu       28.11.2014  

‘Govt. move on town panchayats will not impact property tax rates’

With the State government revising upwards the classification of 528 town panchayats on the basis of average annual income after 21 years, officials say the move will not have any impact on property tax rates.

The officials say the new classification will only lead to an increase in the size of the operations of the local bodies and better amenities to residents. The need for a higher level of supervision will be recognised, creating the scope for stepping up the strength of manpower.


As per a notification issued by the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department last week, the ceiling of average annual income had been changed from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh for grade-II town panchayats; Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 1 crore for grade-I and Rs. 16 lakh to Rs. 2 crore for selection grade. In the case of annual income exceeding Rs. 2 crore (previously Rs. 20 lakh), such town panchayats would be assigned special grade.

The break-up of town panchayats as per the revised classification is: special grade-78; selection grade-275; grade I-166 and grade II-nine.

The review of town panchayats would be made once in five years.


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