Owning a property is perhaps the biggest display of achievement in India, with a property dictating the kind of life one has. A lot of hard work goes into acquiring a property and it is natural for a property owner to think that they can relax and kick back once it’s done. This, however might not be entirely true, as owning a property is a commitment, a commitment towards oneself and the government. Maintaining a property and paying property tax are just as important as acquiring it, and failure to do so might come back and haunt a property owner.
Khata – What is it?
A Khata, in its crudest translation means an account and is a term used in property transactions, especially in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Khata is a document containing information about a particular property with regards to taxes. It signifies that a property owner has an account to pay necessary property taxes to the municipal corporation concerned.
It is an indication that property tax has been paid to the government and contains other details about a property, including its location, size, ownership and taxes paid.
A Khata is required to calculate the tax an individual should pay for a particular property and is an identification document which tells who is liable to pay property tax.
Components of Khata:
Every Khata consists of two components, each of which is mentioned below.
Khata Certificate: This is required to register or transfer a property from an owner to someone else. This certificate can be obtained by the owner on providing a letter with updated tax payment receipts and would cost Rs 25 per property.
Khata Extract: This delves deeper into the property, giving details like size of the property, current use (residential/commercial) and property valuation. This extract is valid for five years and costs Rs 100.
What is ‘A’ Khata?
An A Khata certificate is a legal document highlighting tax payments and such a property enjoys amenities provided by the BBMP (in context of Bangalore). A certificate issued for a property within BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) is called an A Khata certificate. Any property issued with an A Khata certificate conforms to buildings laws and regulations of the state, increasing its value and providing clear details about it.
Difference between Khata and Title Deed:
The world of property documentation can be confusing and it is possible for people to think that a Khata and title deed are same. This is not the case, as the title deed is different from a Khata.
- A Khata is a document which provides an assessment of a property in order to pay tax and maintain records. It does NOT confer ownership of a particular property.
- A Title Deed is a legal proof of ownership and is a written contract entered upon by a buyer and seller during a property transaction (sale or transfer of property). This confers legal ownership of the property in question. A Khata recognises that a particular property has changed hands and highlights a new tax assessee in such cases.
- A property Khata can be obtained only when an individual is in possession of a title deed and one cannot obtain a title deed on the basis of just a Khata.
The table below highlights some of the key differences between a Khata and a Title Deed:
|Confers Ownership of property?||Yes||No|
|Significance||Agreement highlighting transfer of property||Indicates the tax assessment of property|
|Whom does it identify?||Owner||Individual liable to pay property tax|
Importance of A Khata:
A Khata is an extremely important document pertaining to property, the benefits of which are mentioned below.
- Loan Approvals – Banks do not approve home or land loans for properties which do not have a valid Khata. A valid Khata is an important prerequisite in order to obtain a loan against property.
- Civic Amenities - A valid Khata allows property owners to apply for basic civic amenities like water connection, electricity supply or telephone connection.
- License – All commercial establishments need to have a valid Khata in order to obtain a commercial license.
- Building License – A valid Khata is necessary before a property owner gets license to construct a building.
- Sale – A Khata reflects the tax history of a property, helping buyers gauge their purchase.
Documents Required to Register A Khata:
Each property needs to be assessed for property tax and A Khata is necessary for the same. Individuals wishing to register A Khata need to furnish the following documents:
- Sale Deed
- Encumbrance certificate
- Latest tax payment receipt
- Betterment charges receipt
- Occupancy certificate
- Possession certificate (in case of apartments)
- Building approval plan
- Allotment documents from corporation concerned
Applicants should fill up the application form along with the necessary documents and submit the same to the Assistant Revenue Officer or any other officer in charge of Khatas in a municipal corporation. It could take as long as 5 weeks for an application to be processed and for the Khata certificate to be delivered.
- Property Tax
- B Khata Property Tax
- BBMP Property Tax
- Ahmedabad Muncipal Corporation Property Tax
- A Khata & B Khata Property Tax
- Step by Step Guide for paying Property Tax
- Property Tax Mumbai
- Property Tax Pune
- Muncipal Corporation of Delhi Property Tax
- Property Tax Chennai
- Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation Property Tax
News About ‘A’ Khata Property Tax
Online Tax Payment Websites still not Competent
In the recent times, the tax websites for online payment has been experiencing major drawbacks which has left many taxpayers distraught. Whether it is something as simple as property or the income tax, there have been severe incompetence in the quality of online services when it comes to online tax payments online.
For example Jagannath, a resident of Bangalore who wanted to pay his property tax this Monday morning experienced major issues. He added, that once it was up, he faced further challenges when it came to entering PID numbers and filling in columns and rows of excess information made it less user-friendly than it used to be.
He was so upset by the end of the cumbersome situation that he was left saying that he would have to go to the actual BBMP help centre to make the payment. He said that the civic body claims are far more mentioned than that they are actually able to deliver, on an interview with Times of India.
21st April 2016