[ecis2016.org] Property tax is a recurring charge that home owners have to pay every year. However, the tax amount varies from one location to another. This is a guide to paying property tax online in Kolkata
Owners of residential properties in Kolkata, are liable to pay property tax to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) every year. The municipality uses the funds collected as property tax, to provide important civic facilities and services.
On December 15, 2016, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2016 was passed, to simplify the assessment and collection of property tax and make the entire process more transparent. It empowered the KMC to limit the increase and decrease in property tax, to a certain extent and also enable self-assessment of one’s property tax.
Here’s how to calculate and pay KMC property tax online:
KMC property tax bill for 2022-23: How to pay KMC property tax online
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation allows taxpayers to pay property tax online without any hassles. However, you taxpayers should know their assessee number and registered mobile number with them, to make use of this service. You can find your assessee number through your ward number and street name at https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/jsp/AssesseeInformationSearch.jsp
We explain the procedure for Kolkata municipal corporation property tax online payment:
Step 1: Visit official website of Kolkata Municipal Corporation at https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/HomeAction.do
Step 2: On the right-hand side, find ‘Online Payment’ option. Select ‘Property Tax’ from the menu and you will see a drop down menu with the options:
- Current PD (it is the option of periodic demand for bills)
- Fresh supplementary (bills issued after changes are made in the previous bill that was issued)
- Outstanding(LOI or Letter of Arrears is for bills not paid)
- Suspense and UAA online submission.
Step 3: Choose the suitable option. Enter your email address, phone number, and assessee number. Click on ‘Pay’.
Step 4: On the next page, provide the amount to be paid. Pay the kmc property tax bill for the relevant year. Users will receive an e-receipt.
How to find assessee number of property online on KMC website
Property owners can go to the KMC website and search assessee no.
Step 1: Visit official website of Kolkata Municipal Corporation at https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/HomeAction.do
Step 2: Click ‘Online Services’ from the left menu and select ‘Assessment-Collection’.
Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page where you can find the ‘Assessee Information Search’ option.
Step 4: Select the ward number, Premise number, Assessee number and street, you will be able to find your name and the assessee number.
Key highlights of Unit Area Assessment
- Under the UAA scheme, the city has been divided into 293 blocks and seven categories – A to G. The division is on the basis of market value of the properties, facilities and infrastructure.
- Each category has been assigned an annual value per sq ft, also known as the Base Unit Area Value (BUAV) where category A has the highest while category G has the lowest BUAV.
- All slum areas in the city are categorised as ‘G’, irrespective of the location, to reduce the tax liability on the economically weaker classes. Similarly, all Refugee Rehabilitation colonies and government schemes for the economically weaker section are categorised as ‘E’, regardless of their geographical location.
- The system covers around six lakh property tax payers in Kolkata. The UAA calculation method is expected to bring parity in the tax system, so that all the properties under the block are taxed uniformly.
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KMC Property tax: How to calculate KMC property tax online
In March 2017, the new Unit Area Assessment (UAA) system for property tax calculation, was passed in the KMC. This enabled property owners in the city to calculate their tax themselves, thereby, removing any subjectivity or ambiguity that existed under the earlier Annual Rateable Value system.
KMC Property tax: Base Unit Area calculation
|Base Unit Area Values for covered space of building or land comprising building or vacant land|
|Block Category||Base Unit Area Value per sq ft (in Rs)|
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To simplify property tax assessment even further, ‘bustee’/slum/’thika’-tenanted areas are categorised as ‘G’, irrespective of their geographical location under any block. Additionally, all recognised RR colonies*, including settlements under government-notified EWS and BSUP (Basic Services for Urban Poor) Schemes, are categorised as ‘E’, irrespective of their geographical location under any block, unless they belong to a block that is categorised lower than ‘E’.
(* RR Colonies refer to refugee rehabilitation colonies, including slum settlements that are spread all across the city.)
The property tax calculation also utilises the concept of multiplicative factors (MFs), to account for the many critical differences in houses within the same block. MFs would account for variations in terms of the purpose of use, location of the property within the block, the age of the property, nature of occupancy and type of structure. These factors are clearly notified and used to increase or decrease the BUAV of different properties, as applicable.
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KMC Property tax: Multiplicative factors
|Location of the property||Multiplicative factor|
|Property abutted by roads having width ≤ 2.5m||0.6|
|Property abutted by roads having width >2.5 m but ≤ 3.5 m||0.8|
|Property abutted by roads having width >3.5 m but ≤ 12 m||1|
|Property abutted by roads having width >12 m||1.2|
|Age of building||Multiplicative factor|
|Age of premises 20 years or less||1|
|Age of premises more than 20 years but less than 50 years||0.9|
|Age of premises more than 50 years||0.8|
|Type of property||Tax Rate|
|Government properties under KMC Act, 1980||10%|
|Properties having annual value <Rs 30,000||15%|
|Occupancy Status||Multiplicative factor|
|Property (or portion thereof) under occupation of tenant(s) or anybody else other than an owner or his/her “family” as defined in the scheme, where the tenancy ≤ 20 years old and is used for non residential purpose||4|
|Property (or portion thereof) under occupation of tenant(s) or anybody else other than an owner or his/her “family” as defined in the scheme, where the tenancy ≤ 20 years old and is used for residential purpose||1.5|
|Fee/ Commercial Car Parking Space/ garage||4|
|Property (or portion thereof) under occupation of tenant(s) or anybody else other than an owner or his/her “family” as defined in the scheme, where (a)the tenancy > 20 years old but ≤ 50 years old and, (b) the tenant is not protected under West Bengal Premises||1.2|
|Property (or portion thereof) under occupation of tenant(s) or anybody else other than an owner or his/her “family” as defined in the scheme, where (a) the tenancy > 20 years old but ≤ 50 years old and, (b) the tenant is protected under West Bengal Premises Tenancy Act 1997||1|
|Property (or portion thereof) under occupation of tenant(s) or anybody else other than an owner or his/her “family” as defined in the scheme, where the tenancy > 50 years old||1|
|Property (or portion thereof) under occupation of owner or his/her “family” as defined in the scheme||1|
|Structure of Building||Multiplicative factor|
|Residential Building (not being an apartment) on a plot size > 10 cottah||1.5|
|Apartments belonging to such “Special Projects” as earmarked by IG Registration (excluding apartments identified/ notified as MIG / LIG by any Government/ statutory body) or, Apartments having “covered space (excluding car parking space)” > 2000 sq. ft.||1.5|
|All Pucca properties and such other properties not falling under any of the other categories||1|
|All Car Parking Spaces (open and covered) and Garage||0.8|
|Proportionate Common Area||0.5|
|Usage Types||Multiplicative factor|
|Industrial/manufacturing, Shop<250 Sq.Ft., Restaurant||2|
|Health, Edu – Inst, Single Screen Cinema, Hotel < 3 star, Bar||3|
|Hotels 3 star and 4 star, Ceremonial House||4|
|Office, bank, Hotel 5 star or more||5|
|Commercial shops(not in U3) , mall, Multiplex||6|
|Offsite ATM, Tower, Hoarding, Night Club||7|
|Vacant Land upto 5 cottah not falling under above categories||2|
|Vacant Land more than 5 cottah||8|
KMC Property tax calculation formula
The annual property tax under the UAA system is calculated, using the following formula:
Annual tax = BUAV x Covered space/Land area x Location MF value x Usage MF value x Age MF value x Structure MF value x Occupancy MF value x Rate of tax (including HB tax)
(Note: HB tax refers to Howrah Bridge tax, which is applicable on properties lying in specific wards.)
Ensure that your record in the system is updated and no outstanding amounts are shown against your account. If there are any errors, have them corrected immediately.
KMC Property tax: How to check unpaid property tax bill online?
Property tax payers can easily check the pending tax dues online, on the KMC website. Follow the procedure given below, to check current and unpaid property tax bills:
Step 1: Visit the KMC Unpaid PD bill link at https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/jsp/KMCAssessmentCurrentPD.jsp
Step 2: Enter the Assessee number and click on ‘search’.
Step 3: Your current unpaid will be displayed on the screen.
What is PD Bill in KMC Property Tax bill
Periodic Demand bills are issued annually, on the basis of the last decided valuation of the property. After clicking on the property tax button on homepage, if you select ‘current PD’, you will be led to https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/KMCPortalPDPaymentAction.do
Entering the Assessee no. and contact number is compulsory. Enter the email id and search for the list of unpaid current PD bills and then click on pay to make the payment. Note that you will be able to benefit from the extra 5% rebate on the last 3 quarters only if all 4 quarters are paid in a single transaction and that too within the rebate date of the 1st quarter.
What is F/S Bill in KMC Property Tax bill
Fresh/Supplementary bills are issued immediately after a hearing to reflect any modification to the earlier issued bills. Additionally, fresh bills are also issued after the first assessment of a property. After clicking on the property tax button on homepage, if you select ‘fresh supplementary’, you will be led to https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/KMCPortalFSPaymentAction.do
Proceed by entering the Assessee No, Contact No, email if and search and proceed to pay.
What is LOI in KMC Property Tax bill
Letter of Intimation is issued against outstanding tax bills and may contain the following tax bills:
- All unpaid fresh and supplementary bills, which attract penalty.
- All unpaid periodic demand bills which were issued prior to the current financial year.
After clicking on the property tax button on homepage, if you select ‘outstanding (LOI)’, you will be led to https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/jsp/KMCAssessmentLoiPayment.jsp
Enter the assessee no and search for all the unpaid property tax- all outstanding bills (LOI).
For accessing the suspense and UAA online submissions, you have to enter the site using the login id and password. If you don’t have the same, first register and then enter the KMC website to get details.
How to reprint e-receipt after tax payment?
If you somehow forgot to save the e-receipt after the payment of property tax on the KMC website, here is how you can reprint it by following below given steps:
* Visit the KMC Portal at https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/jsp/KMCAssessmentCurrentPD.jsp and look for ‘Reprint e-receipt’ option in the left menu.
* Select the suitable option from the drop-down menu. You can print the e-receipt for the waiver offered, pending dues and current payment.
* Mention the requisite details such as date and assessee number. Your receipt will be generated on your screen.
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KMC WhatsApp number for property tax assessment
In a move to fast-track property tax assessment for Kolkata property owners, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation is planning to announce a WhatsApp number, where tax payers can apply for the assessment of their property. The KMC WhatsApp number will be 8335988888 and will be monitored by the municipal commissioner, to assess the requests received. If the number of requests received from a particular locality is more, the municipal corporation will set up a camp, to expedite the process.
KMC property tax waiver scheme
The KMC, in October 2020, finally implemented a tax waiver scheme, to compensate for the loss of revenue from property tax, due to the prolonged Coronavirus lockdown period. The tax waiver scheme is applicable to only those tax payers who have received the KMC property tax bill for the financial year 2019-20 by March 31, 2020.
According to the scheme, if a tax payer clears the dues by February 28, 2021, then, the interest and penalty applicable against the due amount will be waived-off by 100%. If a tax payer clears his dues between March and May 2021, a waiver of 60% on the interest and 99% on penalties will be offered.
However, to avail of the scheme, the applicant has to apply by January 31 2020. The applications will be accepted in all the tax collection centres of the KMC, in its headquarters and through the online mode. As soon as a taxpayer submits their application, they will be handed over the amended bill.
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In order to fast-track the process of pending assessments and mutation of new units in the city, the KMC will be setting up camps in high-rise societies and housing complexes. Around 5,000 units have been identified across the city where the mutation is pending for a long time. The initiative is expected to start on July 15, 2021. Most of these pending assessments are from the new apartment buildings that have come up very recently, in north and south Kolkata.
While the 100% waiver scheme expired on March 31, 2021, the KMC is contemplating starting another interest waiver scheme, under which 60% interest and penalty will be discounted for the property tax payers. According to the municipal corporation, around 80% of the people who registered themselves for the 100% waiver scheme have already paid their dues.
As per the officials, the property tax department received around 7,000 applications in January 2021, for availing of the waiver scheme, after it was extended till January 31, 2021. The waiver scheme that was initiated from October 3, 2020, was supposed to end on December 31, 2020. However, it was extended, as the civic body received fewer applications than it expected, for availing of the benefits of the scheme.
Meanwhile, after mopping-up Rs 90 crores from 28,000 property tax defaulters, who applied for 100% interest waiver on the outstanding amount, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation is now targeting major tax defaulters. The KMC’s Revenue Department has resorted to sending reminder letters to the major defaulters to pay up, or risk having their properties attached. A team has been formed track down the major defaulters who owe over Rs 1 crore and are yet to apply for the interest waiver scheme.
Earlier, various media reports stated that the waiver scheme of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation had become a big hit among property tax payers, as the civic body mopped up Rs 40 crores in less than 45 days. Around 5,000 people have already paid their taxes and availed of the waiver facility. Under the scheme, a defaulter will have to pay just the principal amount and not the interest and penalty. According to officials, there are 5 lakh-odd tax payers among which 400 are major defaulters, who owed around Rs 1,500 crores to the civic body, prior to the introduction of the waiver.
KMC helpline and contact details
You can reach the KMC at
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation
5, S.N.Banerjee Road,
Kolkata 700 013, India
Ph : +91 33 2286-1000
Toll Free Number: 18003453375
Complaints and queries can be registered on the following given contact number, on working days, between 10 AM and 6 PM and on Saturdays between 10 AM and 5 PM: 033-2286 1305.
KMC mobile app
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has launched a mobile app, to provide services such as building plan approvals, mutation status and tanker booking, online. The mobile app is currently available for Android users only. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kmc.app&hl=en_IN&gl=US .Property tax payers can pay their pending bills via the mobile app, using credit card/debit card/NEFT. At present, UPI payment is not supported.
How to pay KMC property tax bill online?
Property owners can pay property tax online through the official website of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
How to get registered on KMC website?
You can get registered on the KMC website by selecting the UAA Online Submission option from the home page. Follow the procedures mentioned above to get registered.
How do I get a duplicate property tax bill?
You can view the pending property tax online, on the KMC official website after logging in, using your User ID.
What happens if property tax is not paid in Kolkata?
Property tax payers will be penalised for defaulting on tax payment. A one-time penalty of upto 15% of the tax amount will be levied, along with other consequences.
What is unit area assessment in property tax?
The unit area assessment (UAA) system is a method for determination of property tax. It aims at standardising the property tax system, based on location, area, purpose of use, property’s age, nature of occupancy and type of structure.
Is property tax paid every year?
Property tax must be paid every year by property owners to their respective municipal corporations.
How do you get a tax receipt?
Challans or tax receipts will be needed irrestive of the Kolkata corporation property tax payment method. Citizens can download and reprint the challan from the official portal. After payment of the fees at the respective center, you can obtain a tax receipt.
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