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Buildings to be checked for tax violation

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The Hindu        08.06.2017   

Buildings to be checked for tax violation

Chennai Corporation’s new initiative

Residents and traders who have constructed unauthorised buildings are under the scanner, as the Chennai Corporation has taken yet another initiative to trace property tax revenue loss.

Three areas

Starting Wednesday, the Corporation will send teams to inspect a total of 8,747 buildings in ward 57 in George Town, 10,414 buildings in ward 136 in T.Nagar and 6,076 buildings in ward 173 in Mylapore, measuring the structures, compiling data on total built up area and other town planning parameters.

The data will be compared with the database of the Chennai Corporation Revenue Department that collects property tax, trace licence and company tax. “The data on additional floors or unauthorised construction will be used to estimate the actual revenue loss of property tax. Under-assessment of property tax remains a challenge. Many homes and commercial buildings are paying less tax, causing huge loss of revenue,” said an official.

GIS mapping

As part of the initiative, the Chennai Corporation will also use GIS mapping of the private buildings on Wednesday, in addition to survey by the teams.

The GIS mapping will also cover all the private property and civic utilities. Even as the drive is done for increasing tax revenue, this initiative is expected to generate huge data sufficient to expose the exact number of unauthorised buildings in the city after the completion of the project,” said an official.


Tax hike for houses built before 2008

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The Hindu         11.05.2017  

Tax hike for houses built before 2008

Library cess doubled for assessees

Owners of houses and shops constructed prior to 2008 will have to pay more property tax in the city.

The Chennai Corporation has revised the library cess from five paise per rupee to 10 paise for property tax assessments.

Owners of buildings constructed after 2008 are already paying 10 paise per rupee.

The library cess collected along with property tax is remitted to the local library authority.

In a report by the Accountant General for the year 2012-2013, it is stated that though the government had enhanced the library cess from five paise to 10 paise for every rupee of tax levied, the Corporation continued to levy library cess only at the rate of five paise per rupee. With the Corporation not revising the property tax since 2008, the library cess was also not increased.

After the Corporation Special Officer passed a resolution on April 26, the Revenue department asked all zones to revise the library cess rate to 10 paise per rupee.

Owners of at least half the buildings in the city are expected to pay a higher tax with effect from 2017-2018, said an official. The city has 11.7 lakh property tax assessees.


City to adopt uniform property tax

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The Hindu         21.04.2017 

City to adopt uniform property tax

Corporation forms committee which will soon rationalise the rates

The Greater Chennai Corporation will have a uniform system of property tax calculation, changing the existing anomalies caused by different methods of calculation in erstwhile municipalities, town panchayats and panchayats that were merged in 2009.

The Chennai Corporation on Thursday held the first meeting for revising the different property tax rates and procedure in calculation of tax being followed in different neighbourhoods of the city.

Officials said a number of complaints had been received from residents in added areas, claiming that property tax rates were high in developing areas when compared with developed parts of the city.

Residents in some neighbourhoods in the recently-added areas, such as Ambattur, have complained that they were paying more property tax than those in well-developed areas such as T. Nagar that fetch higher rental values, officials said.

Therefore, the civic body has formed a committee of officials to develop a uniform system for calculation of property tax in the entire city. “The general revision of property tax was carried out in 1998 in the old city limits. But the erstwhile local bodies that were merged in 2009 revised the property tax in 2008. This has led to an anomaly,” said an official.

As per the provisions of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 and Tamil Nadu Village Panchayat Act, 1994, the property tax basic rates and the calculation procedure have been fixed by the respective councils of the local bodies that were merged in 2009.

Different method

Ambattur and Thiruvottiyur zones use a different method of calculation of property tax, when compared with the old city zones such as Teynampet, Adyar, Royapuram, Tondiarpet, Thiru-Vi.Ka Nagar, Kodambakkam and Anna Nagar.

But multiple methods of calculation is adopted within zones such as Manali, Madhavaram, Valasaravakkam, Perungudi, Alandur and Sholinganallur, creating confusion among residents who have constructed houses or commercial buildings in such areas after 2011.

The Corporation has streetwise basic rates for property tax with discount for owners who occupy their buildings. As the discount is not available for other residents in the merged areas, they have been protesting, said officials. The committee will soon suggest a basic rate for the city, rationalise the tax, following a uniform method of calculation of property tax for the entire 426 sq km of the city.


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