Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Soon pay property tax online in Goa

Online payments are a boon for NRI & non-residents who hold holiday homes. It eases challenges associated to buying and manintaining property 

PANAJI: Citizens in all the 14 municipal towns in the state will soon be able to avail of civic services and pay municipal bills by logging onto a website. The move to provide civic services and an online facility to urban residents is part of the reforms being undertaken by the urban development department in the state.

“Payment for services like house tax, property tax and other services will be available on a common service delivery portal which will be accessible for all urban local bodies in the state,” director for urban development and municipal administration, J Ashok Kumar said.

As of now just three civic bodies, including Corporation of the city of Panaji, provide online payment facilities to their residents. This service will be extended to other towns by November end, Kumar told TOI.

Payment of house tax, property tax and payment for other services will be through the online portal. Users will have to log in and select their municipality and the service or bill that they want to pay.

“There are three payment gateway providers which residents can select. They will be able to pay licence fees and also apply for trade licences in the future,” the director said..

Under the business reforms action plan for Goa, six parameters in the functioning of the directorate of municipal administration have been identified.

These include reforms in construction permissions, simplification in allotment of trade licences, clarity of the application and approval process for various permissions and other civic services.

“We have held interactive meetings with the councils and we have identified certain process reforms,” Kumar said.

To improve the ease of doing business, the department of industrial policy and promotion, which reports to the Union ministry of commerce and industry has asked all municipal and panchayat bodies to specify the information and fees levied by local bodies on an online portal.

Municipal bodies have been asked to develop an online system for payment of tax, duty, fee or any other levy as imposed by the state and local bodies.

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Source: EconomicTimes Realty