New Property tax system unfair to old buildings?

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From the Times of India 12.May.2012 MUMBAI: Despite the claims of the civic body on having transparency and parity in the new capital value-based property tax system, citizens seem unhappy at the development. They feel that while a handful of new buildings that have come up after 2005 will benefit from the new system, several old structures will face a high rate of taxation. According to BMC data, 27% or 3.87 lakh properties will benefit from tax reduction, whereas 19% or 2.75 lakh properties will face a higher rate of taxation, which will be up to two times the original amount paid. The maximum number of such structures are found in Andheri-Vile Parle west (50,000), Bandra-Khar-Santa Cruz west (34,000) and Esplanade-Fort-Colaba (11,000). Anandini Thakoor, chairperson of the H-West Ward Welfare Association, said: “I understand that expenses have risen. But to shift the burden to citizens is not justified. Residents of some old buildings will have to face a 100% rise in tax. The tax slab should have been lower.” Many felt that the approval to collect rent in retrospect was unjust. AGNI coordinator Raj Kumar Sharma said: “The state had to amend the present law to make it possible. The…

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