Surat municipal property tax is what we will be discussing today in this post. Let me tell you this is a new blog post series. It features all the what & how to’s of one & only diamond city, Surat.
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Let’s begin with the basics first. Here we go:
What is municipal tax aka property tax?
According to Wikipedia, property taxes are levied by either state government or local civic bodies. Property tax aka ‘house tax’ is a local tax on buildings, along with appurtenant land.
It is imposed on the Possessor (not the custodian of property as per 1978, 44th amendment of the constitution).
Other than that, Central government properties are exempt. Instead, a “service charge” is permissible under the executive order. Properties of foreign missions also enjoy tax exemption without requiring reciprocity.
The tax is usually accompanied by service taxes, e.g., water tax, drainage tax, conservancy (sanitation) tax, lighting tax, all using the same tax base. The rate structure is flat on rural (panchayat) properties. But in the urban (municipal) areas it is mildly progressive with about 80% of assessments falling in the first two brackets.
Easy definition of a municipal tax
First thing first, property tax is what we call મ્યુનિસિપાલિટી વેરો in Gujarati. It’s an annual amount paid by a property owner to the municipal corporation of his/her area. The local civic body assesses & imposes the property tax annually or semi-annually.
The amount is generally based on construction, area, property size etc. Above all property tax is an important source of revenue for local municipalities of states. They are highly dependent on property tax revenue for their expenses.
What is included in the surat municipal tax bill?
Every year we pay the following charges to one of the richest municipality in Gujarat state. Yeah, you heard that right. SMC is the richest local civic body in Gujarat.
Your SMC vera bill compromises of:
- General tax
- Water charges
- Drainage charges
- Fire charges
- Conservancy charge aka cleanliness charges
- Education cess
- Education cess penalty
- Notice fee
- Advertisement charges
- Interest & other penalties
Check your tax bill aka vera bill. See what you have been paying to the SMC.
So, now you know what is a municipality tax. Let’s see how & where to pay surat municipal property tax. First, we will discuss how to pay & later where to pay.
How to pay surat municipal property tax?
The SMC collects property tax at local Civic Centres. Also, know as Nagrik Suvidha Kendra (નાગરિક સુવિધા કેન્દ્ર). First, understand what a Civic Center is in Surat city.
What is a Civic Center in the first place?
The surat SMC has developed civic centres across the city. Here citizens can pay municipal taxes & service charges levied by the SMC. Not only can citizens pay charges but also retrieve certificates too.
Continue reading to find the list of services available at Surat civic centres.
However, surat municipal property tax can be paid online too. It is called a Virtual Civic Center aka ઓનલાઈન નાગરિક સુવિધા કેન્દ્ર.
What is a Virtual Civic Center (ઓનલાઈન નાગરિક સુવિધા કેન્દ્ર)?
It’s an easy & convenient way for citizens to access various services. One can access & pay the same from anywhere at any time. Above all, the virtual civic centre services can be accessed without any additional charge.
In short, you don’t need to pay extra money to use the virtual civic centre.
What kind of services are available at surat civic centres?
Like I said above not only property tax but one can also access the following services. Take a look:
- Property tax
- Professional tax (RC & EC)
- New tax invoice
- Community hall booking
- New water meter connection
- New shop or business registration (Gumasta license)
- Complaint registration
- Birth & death certificates
- Renewal of certificates
- New drainage connections
The best part is you can book & pay for these services using virtual civic centre too.