MCD witnesses surge in online submission of property tax
The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has witnessed a surge in online submission of property tax in the past few weeks. The officials stated that locals are avoiding visiting the corporation to avoid the risk of Covid-19 contagion. Earlier, the number of taxpayers depositing property tax online was quite low but since the first lockdown in the State, this number began to increase gradually. According to municipal tax superintendent Poonam Rawat, more than 40 taxpayers are submitting tax online everyday that includes both residential and non-residential property taxpayers. However, there are very few taxpayers from slum areas among these online taxpayers, said Rawat. She further informed that those who pay the property tax the first time have to submit and verify their documents in the corporation but they can do it by uploading them online too. “People can easily upload the documents online through any cyber cafe if the facility of scanning and uploading documents is not available at their homes,” said Rawat. Some people have been complaining that the online system of MCD for submitting property tax is not user friendly and it does not even show the right amount of tax. Responding to such complaints, Rawat said that several people are submitting tax online without any issue and even if someone needs any assistance for online tax submission, they can contact the tax section. She said that the contact numbers of tax superintendent is displayed on MCD’s online page for tax submission and she receives many calls for assistance which she is providing regularly to taxpayers. Moreover, the locals are also calling tax inspectors for the tax submission at their homes. Rawat said that there are 14 tax inspectors in MCD and each inspector manages about eight wards in Dehradun.
Meanwhile, the tokens issued to taxpayers for tax submission in Town Hall have already been issued till June 16. According to Rawat, about 90 per cent of locals visiting MCD to deposit property tax are senior citizens. “Most of the old people refuse to return to pay tax the next day when they do not get the token for the same day. Therefore, we make them sit in the Town Hall while maintaining social distancing. We try to ensure that no senior citizen has to revisit the next day again while following the proper guidelines to avoid the Covid-19 contagion in the premises,” said Rawat. She also made it clear that MCD has no plans of installing additional counters for senior citizens currently but it can happen in future as per the situation.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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