Confusion Surrounding Pune Municipal Corporation’s Property Tax Discount Explained

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Pune, 9th June 2023: Amidst the recent re-implementation of a 40 percent discount in property tax by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), citizens have been left bewildered about the exact calculation of their current year’s bill. Consequently, thousands of individuals have been flocking to the main municipal building and ward offices daily, seeking clarification. In response to this confusion, the PMC has made efforts to shed light on the matter by providing explanations.

According to Ajit Deshmukh, head of PMC’s taxation department, residents who are eligible for the 40 percent property tax exemption will find tables 20231 and 20232 mentioned on their bills. However, if their bill includes tables 20231, 20232, as well as 20233 and 20234, the outstanding amount pertains to the 40 percent arrears. Therefore, residents with property from residential sources should not pay the 40 percent arrears but instead settle the tax for the current year using tables 20231 and 20232 only. Additionally, they must submit the PT 3 application with supporting documents before the November 15 deadline.

Explanation 1: For individuals whose property was registered before April 1, 2019, no additional 40 percent tax was levied on properties that were not covered by the municipal survey. Therefore, their existing discount remains in effect to this day. Consequently, such property holders are not required to fill out the PT 3 application form. However, due to a reduction in the maintenance repair discount from 15 percent to 10 percent by the state government, these citizens have witnessed a five percent increase in their bill for the 2023-24 period. The majority of residential property holders in Pune fall under this category.

Explanation 2: Regarding properties registered after April 1, 2019, a general discount of 40 percent has been applied. Individuals falling into this category who wish to claim exemption from 2018 to 2022 and seek a refund of the taxes paid during that period must submit the PT 3 application, along with supporting documents, by November 15 at their nearest field office. Additionally, the tax amount for the year 2023-2024 must be paid in full. Any payments made as 40 percent between 2018 and 2022 will be adjusted in the subsequent four years’ bills. Failure to submit the PT 3 application by November 15 will result in forfeiture of the discount. The total number of such property holders in Pune amounts to 167,000.

Explanation 3: Following a Geographic Information System (GIS) survey of pre-2019 properties conducted by two companies, the municipal corporation has decided to withdraw the 40 percent discount from 97,000 citizens who either have tenants or own more than one house. This survey has generated controversy due to significant errors. However, based on the survey results, the difference amount from 2018 to 2022 was sent to those who have paid it, and this amount will be spread across the next four years’ bills. For those who have not made the payment, 40 percent arrears are being displayed. Consequently, it is mandatory to file the PT 3 application to regain the canceled exemption and benefit from the 40 percent discount starting from the year 2023-24. Once the necessary documents have been verified, the previous discount will be reinstated and maintained. Failure to file the PT 3 application or pay the full amount, including arrears, will result in the complete payment being required.

The following documents must be submitted along with the PT 3 application (any two):
Society No Objection Certificate
Voter ID card
Vehicle license
Gas card
Ration Card


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