Delhi govt offers geospatial data to MCD to detect tax evaders

Last Updated: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 00:04

New Delhi: To help cash-strapped MCD
improve its property tax collection, Delhi Government has
offered it geo-spatial data of houses and real estates to
identify defaulting properties and bring them in the tax net.

Delhi government`s Information Technology department has
offered a huge pool of geo-spatial data of properties to the
municipal body so that it could identify the defaulting
properties which are yet to pay tax, said a top official of
the Delhi Government.

The government has formed a three-member expert group
which will go through the geo-spatial data to help the agency
find defaulting properties and improve its earnings
from property tax collection.

"The task force will also coordinate with the Residents
Welfare Associations to identify those who have not paid their
taxes and assist in recovering dues," the official said.

A large number of properties in the national capital
continue to evade tax depriving MCD of thousands of crores.
However, by bringing them into tax net the civic body can
expect to push up its sagging coffers, he added.

The MCD has been demanding additional funds from the
state government to meet its day-to-day expenditure. But the
state government is already facing fund crunch because of
increasing spending on Commonwealth Games projects and has
told the civic body to improve its earnings.

By expanding the property tax net, MCD can significantly
improve its revenue, the official said. "If they can bring
more properties under the tax net than they will no longer
look towards us for funds," he added.

The MCD says that only 30 per cent of owners of the
properties in the city are paying tax to it. The corporation
had recently decided to engage mosquito breeding checkers all
through the year to conduct a door-to-door survey in the city
to identify tax defaulters.

PTI



First Published: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 00:04

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