Until now paying your property taxes online wasn’t an option. Now you have no choice; you have to make payments online if you want to pay taxes for property located in Bengaluru city. This is because the Bruhat Bengarulu Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) no longer accepts physical payments. But fret not! Paying online might be convenient and quicker. Also, the process is simple and easy to follow.
(Note: Property tax rates have been revised this year and there have been changes made in zonal classification. The Sampanmoola BBMP website can be accessed for calculating the property taxes that need to be paid after taking into account the hike and zone revisions.)
Here’s how you can pay your property taxes online:
How To Choose Your Zone
The zone classifications have been revised this year and tax rates have been changed. All areas in the city have been classified into 6 zones for tax purposes. The classifications go from A to F, with A being the zone that has the highest taxes. You can use the BBMP website to find your previous and current classification (http://bbmp.gov.in/zonal-classification-residential andhttp://bbmp.gov.in/en/2016-17-final-property-tax-notification). When you are filing your property tax online, you will be asked for the Cap on Zone. Here you need to enter the zone based on how it has changed. For instance, if your old zone was E and your new zone is C, you have obviously been pushed up two zones. However, only one upgrade will be taken into account. So, you need to enter zone D in the Cap on Zone field. And if your zone has been downgraded, you have no choice but to enter your old zone and pay higher taxes (no one seems to be questioning this!).
You Can Still Use the DD Way
If you still want to pay your taxes by cheque or Demand Draft (DD) you will need to visit a Canara Bank branch. The BBMP has tied up with Canara Bank for collecting property taxes in the city. There are 175 branches in Bengaluru that accept property tax payments. But in order to pay at the bank you will need to get a challan. Remember to fill up the challan before you stand in the queue for paying your taxes. You have the option to print the challan online by accessing the Sampanmoola BBMP site. You can also use the BBMP site for printing your application. Note that the bank will issue immediate receipts only for cash and DD payments. If you make a cheque payment you might have to wait for the cheque to get realized to receive the receipt. Also, the counters at the bank will be open only between 10 AM and 2 PM and there is one bank holiday in April – April 19.
Another place to make your property tax payments is at the BangaloreOne centres. You can contact the BBMP helpline – 22660000 – between 10 AM and 6 PM, for any queries regarding your property tax payment.
Here’s a tip: Save your receipt for next year so that you have your PID handy and don’t need to recalculate the taxes (fingers crossed that the rates aren’t changed again!)
Note: Pay your property tax on or before May 30, 2016 to get a 5% rebate.
You might not be very happy about the hike in property taxes, but the fact that loan rates are starting to fall, should cheer you up. Start looking out for that Home Loan but remember to compare rates before you sign on the dotted line.