Pimpri-Chinchwad: Ex-Armymen Exempted From Property Tax Among Other Taxes

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Mrunal Jadhav

Pimpri, November 21, 2020: Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to waive off the property tax for ex-army personnel. This scheme will benefit over 5,000 ex-army personnel in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area.

Maharashtra government has announced the Balasaheb Thackeray property tax waiver scheme for ex-army personnel and widows of martyred army personnel. Under that, the tax collection department of the municipal corporation has decided to forgo the property tax of ex-army personnel in the city. The scheme provides a 100 percent property tax waiver on the property in the names of ex-army personnel and widows. On behalf of the Municipal Corporation, ex-army personnel and widows of martyred army personnel in the city, medal winners were being given a 50 percent rebate in the general property tax. It benefited 4,500 ex-army personnel each year.

The new scheme will give eligible ex-army personnel 100 percent exemption in general tax, sewage benefit tax, water supply benefit tax and road tax. However, tree tax, education tax, municipal penalty and administrative service fee will have to be paid.

Ex-army personnel will have to submit a certificate of retirement or a certificate from the District Soldier Welfare Officer (Zila Sainik Welfare Office) to the property owners for full property tax exemption. First, the ex-army personnel has to submit the entire property tax bill. The remaining amount will be refunded as per the waiver. This discount will be available on the bill for the year 2020-21. The administration has clarified that there will be no discount on arrears.

“All the ex-army personnel of Pimpri-Chinchwad city had paid the property tax and they will get the waiver soon. For this, a soldier’s pension certificate has to be submitted. Also, a certificate from the District Soldier Welfare Officer is required. Those concerned should take advantage of this scheme by contacting the tax collection office in their area,” said Smita Zagde, Deputy Commissioner of Tax Collection Department.