Property Tax

Residents panic over CDGK’s property tax form in Gulshan-e-Iqbal

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

RESIDENTS of different parts of Scheme 33, particularly in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, are panicking after receiving a pair of forms distributed by officials of the Karachi Excise and Taxation Office (ETO), asking occupants to submit details of the properties they own, whether residential or commercial, Daily Times learnt on Tuesday.
Officials dropping the forms at the doorsteps of different apartments and individual units in UC-11, UC-12 and UC-13 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal did not give the anxious recipients much information about the forms, only saying that they were related to property tax.
However, the printed form and the covering letter asks owners and occupiers whether they have constructed new buildings and made material additions, alterations and changes in the use of their properties. The letter said that under section 9 of the Sindh Urban Immovable Property Tax Act, 1958, all these three actions warrant re-assessment of the property. Owners and occupiers have been requested to return the form filled with the relevant details within the next five days to the Karachi ETO on the fourth floor of Civic Center.
The forms did not carry any contact numbers where residents could get assistance. In fact the form even accused owners of modifying their properties and hiding this information to evade property tax.
A number of residents who approached this correspondent said that the city government should set up camps in different parts of Scheme 33 to facilitate residents and resolve misunderstandings. However, officials at the ETO at Civic Center told Daily Times, on condition of anonymity, that this is merely an assessment exercise to determine the number and details of units constructed in Scheme 33.
“Scheme 33 was launched in 1971 but so far only 20 percent has been occupied, which is spread in two major towns of the city, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Gadap. The scheme was incorporated into the property tax net on the directives of the former city nazim and assessment of the properties has started,” an official said.
Although the task of property assessment started in 2002, residential and commercial units constructed before this will not be levied property tax but all apartments and other units constructed since 2002 have been issued challans to pay the property tax, the official clarified.
It may also be mentioned that the city government levied property tax on all flats with an area of over 600 square feet at Rs 1.20 per square foot for residential units and Rs 0.60 per square foot for commercial units.
Besides this, residential units measuring 120 square yards have not been incorporated into the property tax net, but all units larger than 120 square yards will pay Rs 0.50 and Rs 1 per square foot for residential and commercial units respectively.
The ETO has levied property tax on almost 12,000 units, both residential and commercial, while the recently distributed forms are expected to increase this network.
-Published in Daily Times | Aug 06, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on August 14, 2008.

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