Pune residents experienced a last-minute rush on the final day to avail of the 40% discount on property taxes, resulting in long queues at ward offices as citizens hurried to submit their forms. Despite their efforts, many faced challenges in completing their applications before the initial deadline of November 15.
To address the inconvenience faced by citizens, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to extend the deadline for submitting PT 3 application forms to November 30. An official order confirming the extension will be issued on Thursday, November 16.
The state government had revoked the 40% property tax rebate for Punekars since 1970. However, in a recent development, the government has reinstated the 40% concession. To qualify for the exemption, individuals need to complete the proof of flat and PT3 form and submit it to the nearest regional office.
Concerns arose regarding the acceptance of applications on November 14 due to the Diwali holiday. Fearing the potential loss of a 40% discount, many rushed to regional offices to submit the PT 3 application form, resulting in lengthy queues extending from the morning into the afternoon.
After a significant wait, ward offices issued tokens to citizens, encouraging them to return and complete the form. In response to requests for an extension of the nomination filing deadline, the civic administration has granted an extension, moving the application deadline to November 30.
Deputy Commissioner Ajit Deshmukh explained, “Following discussions with the commissioner, we have decided to extend the deadline for PT 3 application submissions until November 30. The official order will be issued on November 16.”
So far, only 79,000 applications have been filed. The 40% property tax rebate will be applicable only to those with a single flat, while a 100% tax will be imposed on second homes.
Currently, old properties face a 100% tax on Rs 97,500 in the city and Rs 1,65,000 for new registrations after 2019.
To qualify for the concession, applicants must submit a PT3 application and two proofs. As of now, 78,938 individuals have filed their applications, leaving 1,86,562 applicants yet to apply. Failure to submit applications by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of the discount. Two proofs are required for the 40% discount:
No objection certificate from the society stating the use of the property with the PT 3 application for self-occupation.
Valid identification such as a voter ID card, passport, driver’s license, or gas card.
A Rs 25 challan fee is accepted during the submission of the form, which is available on propertytax.punecorporation.org and also in PMC Ward Offices.