Road Tax in Maharashtra

Maharashtra has some of India’s biggest and most populated cities. This also implies that there are a number of vehicles plying on the roads of Maharashtra. Payment of road tax is vital as it is used towards the development of the roads.
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Maharashtra, the state (Capital City: Mumbai) of big celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi and boasting of the finest Indian wines has its own interspersing network of roads and pathways that connect its regions effectively. It boasts of the best cities for lifestyle in India, as well as having a well maintained traffic system. But then again, it is one of the busiest states concerning motor vehicle population too. Cities like Mumbai and Nagpur have a vehicle count that is steadily on the rise. The cost of a new vehicle in Maharashtra is determined after adding a lifetime road tax on the showroom price, with the road tax being used to improve the roads and infrastructure facility in the state. The current road tax in Maharashtra falls under the purview of the state’s Motor Vehicles Taxation Act of 1988 (latest amendment of 2001).

Calculating the Road Tax in Maharashtra:

Age of a vehicle, make and manufacturer, fuel type, length and width of vehicle, engine capacity, purpose (personal or commercial use), place of manufacture and many other factors come into play when the payable road tax in Maharashtra is calculated. It’s worthwhile to mention that seating capacity and number of wheels of a vehicle are also used to calculate road tax. The transport department levies a road tax equivalent to a certain percentage of the original vehicle cost, ensuring that taxation is standard across different vehicle categories.

Tax Slab Rate for 2018-19

The following rates are applicable for payment of Professional Tax in the state of Maharashtra for the year of 2018-19:

Monthly Gross Salary Amount Payable as Professional Tax
Up to Rs.7500 Nil
Rs. 7,501 to Rs.10,000 Rs.175 per month
Above Rs. 10000* Rs.2,500 p.a. The amount is can be paid in the following manner:
  • Rs. 200 per month except for the month of February.
  • Rs. 300 for the month of February.

*Note:Professional Tax is not applicable to women who earn a salary of up to Rs.10,000 per month.

Deadline for Paying Professional Tax in Maharashtra

The due dates for payment of Professional Tax in Maharashtra will be dependent on the date of enrolment. The following due dates will be applicable for the payment of Professional Tax:

Date of enrolment Due date for payment of Professional Tax
If an entity is enrolled before the beginning of a year on or before the 31st of May Due date for payment is 30th of June
If an entity is enrolled after the beginning of a year after the 31st of May Due date of payment is within 30 days from the actual date of enrolment

Taxation on Vehicle Categories:

The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 (2001) specifically mentions certain schedules that provide the taxation amounts of categories of vehicles. The schedules of taxation as per the recent amendment of 2001 are mentioned below.

Schedule A (III):

The taxation applied for goods vehicles is mentioned in this schedule. The following table illustrates the same.

Vehicle Type and Laden Weight (in Kilograms) Tax per year (in INR)
Less than 750 880
Equal to or more than 750 but less than 1500 1,220
Equal to or more than 1500 but less than 3000 1,730
Equal to or more than 3000 but less than 4500 2,070
Equal to or more than 4500 but less than 6000 2,910
Equal to or more than 6000 but less than 7500 3,450
Equal to or more than 7500 but less than 9000 4,180
Equal to or more than 9000 but less than 10500 4,940
Equal to or more than 10500 but less than 12000 5,960
Equal to or more than 12000 but less than 13500 6,780
Equal to or more than 13500 but less than 15000 7,650
Equal to or more than 15000 8,510
Equal to or more than 15000 but less than 15500 7,930
Equal to or more than 15500 but less than 16000 8,200
Equal to or more than 16000 but less than 16500 8,510
Equal to or more than 16500 Inclusive of INR 8510 plus INR 375 for every 500 kilos or part thereof in excess of 16,500 kilos

Schedule A (IV) (1):

Contract carriage vehicles that operate on a day-to-day basis, like auto rickshaws, taxis and/or cabs are liable to pay the following tax amounts, as applicable. The taxes mentioned will be additional for every category.

Vehicle Type Tax per seat per year (in INR)
Vehicles licensed to carry 2 passengers 160
Vehicles licensed to carry 3 passengers 300
Vehicles licensed to carry 4 passengers 400
Vehicles licensed to carry 5 passengers 500
Vehicles licensed to carry 6 passengers 600

Vehicle Type Tax per seat per year (in INR)
Air-conditioned taxi 130
Tourist taxis 200
Non A/C of Indian Make 250
A/C of Indian Make 300
Foreign make 400

Schedule A (IV) (2):

This schedule deals with motor vehicles that ply for hire and deal with everyday passengers. Such vehicles are charged INR 71 per year as road tax.

Schedule A (IV) (3):

Vehicles that operate as contract carriages for passengers on interstate routes have the following taxes applicable for them –

Vehicle Type Tax per seat per year (in INR)
Tourist vehicles or general omnibus with seating arrangement as per CMVR, 1989 rule 128 4000
General omnibus 1000
Air-conditioned vehicles run by private operators 5000

Schedule A (IV) (3) (A):

This schedule deals with vehicles that ply on interstate routes. The schdule of taxes are mentioned as below –

Vehicle Type Tax per seat per year (in INR)
Non A/C vehicles 4000
Air-conditioned vehicles 5000

Schedule A (IV) (4):

This schedule deals with special permit vehicles as per the Central Motor Vehicles Act. The taxation on such vehicles is mentioned in the following table –

Vehicle Type Tax per seat per year (in INR)
Tourist vehicles or general omnibus with seating arrangement as per CMVR, 1988 rule 128 4000
General omnibus not inclusive of the above 5000
Air-conditioned buses 5000

Schedule A (IV) (A):

This schedule deals with private service vehicles that are meant to cater to personal uses.

Vehicle Type Tax per seat per year (in INR)
Air-conditioned buses 1800
Vehicles other than air-conditioned buses 800
Standees 250

Schedule A (V):

Towing vehicles used for support and service purposes are dealt with in this schedule and the tax for them could be INR 330 per year.

Schedule A (VI):

This schedule deals with vehicles fitted with equipment meant for special purposes, like cranes, compressors, earth movers and the like. The schedule of taxes for such vehicles is mentioned in the table below –

Unloaded Weight of vehicle (ULW) (in kilograms) Tax (in INR)
Less than 750 300
Equal to or more than 750 but less than 1500 400
Equal to or more than 1500 but less than 2250 600
Equal to or more than 2250 600
Part or whole of weight in multiples of 500 more than 2250 300

Schedule A (VII):

This schedule deals with the category of vehicles that might come as an exclusion to the schedules already mentioned above. The vehicles that can be considered herein are non-transport ambulances, vehicles with temporary location in the state or with seating capacity more than 12. The following table depicts the tax amount levied on them.

Unloaded Weight of vehicle (ULW) (in kilograms) Tax (in INR)
Less than 750 600
Equal to or more than 750 but less than 1500 800
Equal to or more than 1500 but less than 2250 900
Equal to or more than 2250 and permitted to have 6 or less passengers 1000
More than 2250 1000
Permitted to have 6 or more passengers (limited to 12) 175
Permitted to have 12 or more passengers 500

Schedule A (VIII)

Deals with taxation on vehicles used for transport of goods other than those for agricultural purposes.

The tax per year is decided upon the laden weight of the vehicle as depicted in table below:

Registered Laden Weight (in kilograms) Tax per year(in INR)
Less than 750 860
Equal to or more than 750 but less than 1500 1200
Equal to or more than 1500 but less than 3000 1700
Equal to or more than 3000 but less than 4500 2020
Equal to or more than 4500 but less than 6000 2850
Equal to or more than 6000 but less than 7500 3360

Schedule A (VIII) (a) (a):

Deals with taxation on the trailing vehicles used for agricultural purposes only. The tax per year could range from INR 1500 to INR 3000 for laden weight of 4500 kilograms and above.

For all kinds of two wheelers and three wheelers that are motor driven and/or have an accompaniment carriage, the onetime tax chargeable is 7% of the cost of the vehicle (cost of the vehicle = Actual Cost of vehicle + Central Excise + Sales Tax).

Similarly, for motor cars/jeeps and/or omnibuses, an individual owner will be paying a 7% part of the cost of the vehicle as explained above. If the vehicle is imported or company owned, the tax rate goes to 14% per annum.

How to pay Road Tax in Maharashtra?

Vehicle owners who wish to pay road tax can do so by visiting the Regional Transport Office in the particular city or the one which deals with the license and registration of their owned vehicle. Here they will have to fill up certain forms and pay the necessary amount as road tax, with the RTO providing an acknowledgement for the same.

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