Draft rules on house tax in villages notified


 In an attempt to implement the proposal made in the budget speech, to the people of the state, to do away with the house tax and charge the people just a nominal amount of a rupee, the government has notified draft rules to amend the Goa Panchayat Raj (Imposition of taxes, fees and other dues) Rules, 1998.
As per the draft rules notified in an extraordinary gazette published on Wednesday, all residential houses, structures irrespective of any size, type and period would be charged a minimum/maximum amount of Re 1 per dwelling as house tax. The draft rules would come into effect after 15 days notice period.
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar had announced in his budget speech that the government would do away with the house tax but levy just a nominal charge of Re 1 per dwelling unit so as to quantify the number of dwelling units for all purposes and compensate the panchayats for loss of revenue.
Besides, all premises used for business, commercial, residential purpose under rent back scheme or premises rented for dwelling for any period, an amount equivalent to one month’s rent for each flat or for each premises or each dwelling unit, per annum would be charged, as was the case before.
The draft rules also provide that where a part of any residential house, structure is used for shop, office, any commercial activity, any other activity other than residential use, then the tax at the rates specified in Schedule-B to the Rules shall be levied on such part which is used for non-residential purpose. [NT]