The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) may be satisfied for achieving a 10 per cent hike in tax collections in 2011-12 compared to the previous years collections,but a closer look reveals that it has fallen short of the target it had set for itself for the year.
Against a target of Rs 530 crore to be raised from property tax,it has recovered Rs 500 crore; that too,after offering amnesty schemes to tax defaulters.
Against a target of collecting Rs 530 crore for the year,the actual recovery stands at Rs 500 crore. Of course,target of profession tax collection and vehicle tax have crossed the threshold by Rs 1.40 crore and Rs 4.61 crore respectively by showing a recovery of Rs 81.40 crore and Rs 29.61 crore.
This is for the first time in the history of the AMC tax department that the property tax collection have exceeded Rs 500 crore,thanks to relentless efforts by department personnel, a statement released by the AMC administration said. In 2011-12,the total tax collection came to Rs 611 crore which was Rs 550.06 crore in the previous year.
The money waived in the form of incentive rebate during amnesty period was 25 per cent less than the previous year. It was Rs 61 in 2010-11 and dipped to Rs 45.12 crore in 2011-12,which means that fewer people showed interest in the schemes which are being viewed as a political compulsion for the ruling BJP in the AMC and other civic bodies.
The AMC record of attending to complaints regarding various tax matters was very significant. Out of 1,13,000 complaints,one lakh were disposed in 2011-12. Significantly,the collections fell despite more persons coming out to pay tax. While 10,16,495 persons turned up to pay taxes in 2010-11,some 11,40,000 persons turned up to pay tax dues.