Around five lakh property tax payers can hope to get a hi-tech property tax paying system if the plans of standing committee chairman Avinash Thakre become reality. The new system will allow taxpayers to pay at their doorsteps or in the zone offices using credit and debit cards, and also find out next year’s bill. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started the process to procure the hi-tech system.
150 tablets with inbuilt systems, printer and card swiping machine will be procured to put an end to the existing manual system. NMC is spending around Rs 10-15 lakh per year to upload the data of tax collected from 10 zones.
Revealing his plans to introduce the system in a month, Thakre said demand notes of property tax for around 25 of total 75 wards have been already printed. “Process to send demand notes to the taxpayers through courier has also started to ensure effective distribution. Each ward comprises of tax inspector and tax collector. Thus 150 tax officials will get the tablets with the new system, so they can easily move about with it. They will go door-to-door and also sit at zone offices and issue bills after accepting the amount. They can also guide taxpayers about next fiscal’s demand and even accept the amount,” he said.
The tax payers have been facing many types of problems in the old system at the property tax department. A case from Laxmi Nagar zone came to fore recently, exposing improper uploading of data on property tax collected.