Property Tax: Government seeks feedback from general public

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Government of Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Amid growing criticism over the imposition of property tax in Jammu & Kashmir, the administration of the Union Territory has sought feedback from the general public over the proposed tax.

In a notice, as per the news agency KNO, the Housing & Urban Development Department has sought suggestions/comments from the general public over the imposition of property tax in Jammu & Kashmir.

“Any suggestions/comments in this regard are welcome and may be sent to the Housing & Urban Development Department at the email address housingudd9@gmail.com within 10 days,” reads the notice.

The notice states that UT of Jammu & Kashmir is levying property tax on residential houses/apartments and commercial establishments within the municipal areas from April 1, 2023 in terms of two notifications issued by the Housing and Urban Development Department on February 21.

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On February 21, 2023, J&K’s Housing and Urban Development Department issued two separate notifications for levying, assessment and collection of property tax in the urban areas of Jammu and Kashmir, where 27% of the UT’s population resides as per the 2011 census figures.

The Jammu & Kashmir Property Tax (Municipal Corporation) Rules 2023 and the Jammu & Kashmir (Other Municipalities) Rules 2023, notified by the government, define the procedure for collection of property tax within the limits of municipal corporations, committees and councils in the UT.

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As per these rules, property tax is to be 5% of the taxable annual value (TAV) on residential properties and 6% of the taxable annual value on commercial properties.

The rules faced widespread criticism, with political parties including National Conference, Congress, Peoples Conference, and Peoples Democratic Party assailing the move. Even the State BJP distanced itself from the move.

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