Verifying Bescom energy payments, BBMP finds Rs 1.47 crore property tax evasion

The novel train to cross-verify property tax from particulars obtained through Bescom electrical energy invoice funds has revealed tax evasion to the tune of Rs 1.47 crore.

The pilot run had lined simply 46 properties in two wards — Jakkasandra and HSR Structure. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), armed with Bescom information, plans to increase the train to all wards within the metropolis.

Through the cross-verification train, the BBMP discovered buildings on properties that had been declared as a ‘vacant web site’ by the house owners with a purpose to pay lesser tax. In some circumstances, the property tax was paid for the residential unit, however house owners had been utilizing the constructing for business functions.

These discrepancies, hidden with the assistance of “corrupt” income officers or inspectors, has come to the fore after the civic physique signed an settlement with Bescom to entry information pertaining to 67 lakh connections. The BBMP has additionally designated a KAS-cadre officer to liaison with the electrical energy board and create ward-wise information.

Talking to reporters, Dr Deepak B L, Particular Commissioner on the BBMP’s income division, stated properties that evaded tax will likely be fined. “The pilot run in two wards is profitable. We now have began issuing notices to the property house owners after enterprise bodily verification of the properties,” he stated.

Up to now, the BBMP has collected Rs 2,099 crore as property tax. Through the corresponding interval final 12 months, the property tax assortment was simply Rs 1,399 crore. The civic physique has set a goal of amassing Rs 5,500 crore from property tax this 12 months.

This 12 months, the BBMP has additionally undertaken aerial survey through the use of drones to measure properties. The survey lined 100 properties positioned on either side of Ballari Street between Cauvery junction and Mekhri Circle.

“We discovered 30% variations within the precise measurement of the properties as towards the evaluation submitted to us. We’ll difficulty a discover after verifying these properties bodily,” the highest income officer stated.

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