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Haven’t paid property tax? Your cellphone may be seized

Anyone failing to pay the tax for 2019-20 by March 31 may have to face legal action as per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, like penalties with interests, attachment of account/movable or immovable property that may also be auctioned.

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Last Updated: Mar 07, 2020, 01.17 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: North Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to confiscate moveable properties like mobile phones, cars and refrigerators for non-payment of property tax. While the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act contains this punitive provision, it has never been enforced earlier and only immoveable properties such as houses and shops were taken over in the past.

Jai Prakash, chairman of the corporation standing committee, said all property tax offices would remain open till 7pm for collection till March 31. The offices will also be open on all Saturdays in March and collect tax only through cheques from 9am to 7pm with a lunch break from 1pm to 1.30pm. The property owners can also pay through www.mcd-online.gov.in and www.mcdpropertytax.in, Prakash added.

Anyone failing to pay the tax for 2019-20 by March 31 may have to face legal action as per the DMC Act like penalties with interests, attachment of account/movable or immovable property that may also be auctioned. People are advised not to wait till the last date, an official said.

Till now the corporation used to seal immoveable properties such as houses and shops, which were returned to defaulters on the payment of penalties.

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