Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and at one point was the hub of the East India Company and an important trading post. At present, it is one of India’s leading cities both culturally and economically. The Kolkata municipal corporation is responsible for the collection of property tax and other civic ordinances such as issue of death and birth certificate, assessment of land and many other functions. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation or KMC has their very own website that allows taxpayers to pay their property tax online while also being able to self-evaluate or assess the taxable amount of their land.
Online Payment of Kolkata Municipal Corporation Property Tax:
Property tax in Kolkata can be paid online by following the simple steps mentioned below:
- The taxpayer has to log onto the KMC website and click on assessment-collection option under online services. The page will be redirected to the assessment homepage where one can find the option of Make Online Payment.
- When the user clicks this option he/she will be provided 3 options to make payments for. These options are Current PD, Outstanding LOI and Fresh-Supplementary. The Current PD stands for periodic demand bills. These bills are issued annually and are based on the last valuation of the property, Outstanding LOI or letter of intimations are for those unpaid bills that are either PD or F/S. Fresh-Supplementary or F/S are those bills that are issued after a hearing reflecting the changes to earlier issued bills or are issued upon the first valuation of the property.
- By clicking on the desired option, the taxpayer must then fill in details of their assessee number and contact number. The assessee number is assigned to the taxpayer when they get their property registered and valued by KMC for the first time. The page will then display the payable amount. After one enters the requested details, they can choose the method of payment and complete the payment of property tax.
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News Related to Kolkata Municipal Corporation Property Tax
Kolkata to Shift to UAA System of Property Tax Calculation
The West Bengal state assembly on the 15th of December passed a new property tax act deemed Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2016. This new act would allow individuals to self-assess the annual tax valuation of his/her own property.
More than 6.5 lakh property owners under KMC (Kolkata Municipal Corporation) would benefit from this switch to Unit Area Assessment (UAA) method of property tax payment.
However, the new procedure may be confusing for many. Taking this into consideration, section 171A of the act has a provision to allow the KMC to regulate the tax calculations on the valuation of land, building clusters, land with buildings upon them, so that the final tax amount remains nearly the same as the one the owner had to pay before.
The government has also decided to exempt the slum-dwellers and poor people living in colonies from paying property tax. The act will go into effect from April, 2017.
16th December 2016