The BMC will kick-start online collection of holding tax from the 1st of November to help city dwellers pay tax from the comfort of their homes. The corporation will initiate the project on a pilot basis starting from the Word No. 11.
How Does It Work?
The tax payer must visit the BMC office once to get registered for the facility and collect holding numbers. Once a person gets the holding number, the payment process becomes easy and they can either pay to the tax collectors or use the online option. The hand-held devices will be GPS-enabled and, therefore, collection time, place and transaction details will get transferred to the BMC main server instantly.
Payment to Tax Collectors
Equipped with hand-held devices, some BMC staff members will visit residences and business establishments across the city to collect the tax.
The machine will generate the bills and after the transaction process is over, the information will be sent immediately to the central server of the BMC to ensure better tax collection.
Paying Tax Online
The project will also facilitate payment of holding tax at the municipal corporation’s portal www.bmc.gov.in.
Paying Tax at JSKs
The tax payers can still use the tradtional facility to submit tax at Jan Seva Kendras (JSKs) across the city.
Tax Wards in Bhubaneswar
The city is split into 15 tax wards and ward No. 11 happens to be the biggest. While there are 80,000 holdings in the city, under the pilot tax ward project there are 27,000 holdings. There are 10 tax collectors under tax ward No. 11. On a pilot basis, the doorstep collection of holding tax will begin in tax ward No. 11. The ward includes areas such as Jayadev Vihar, part of VSS Nagar, Sainik School locality and Chandrasekharpur.
The online collection of holding tax was initially planned to begin on August 31, which is observed as local self-government day. But it was delayed due to technical problems as the database preparation and procurement of the geo-positioning system (GPS) enabled hand-held devices took time. By the end of September, the BMC was ready with its holding tax database for tax ward No. 11. However, as the executing agency could not procure the hand-held devices on time, the online facility could not commence and the deadline was extended till November 1.
The online process of holding tax collection is part of the state government’s e-municipality initiative. Once successfully executed in the city, the project is likely to be replicated in other civic bodies across Odisha.
In a Nutshell
- From Nov. 1, house owner can check amount of tax to be paid online as per the plinth area and type of holding, which is either residential or commercial
- After getting to know the amount, he/she can visit BMC office to apply for holding tax
- Once the “holding number” is generated, it can be used to pay taxes to a tax collector who will turn up at your home with a hand-held device. Payments can also be made online or at Jan Seva Kendras
- Equipped with GPS-enabled devices, the payment will be updated in the BMC account immediately
Courtesy: The Telegraph