SC issues notice to government on new property tax system | Vijayawada News

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Vijayawada: The High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the government in the filed petition challenging the state’s new property tax system. The taxpayers’ association has asked the High Court to challenge the new property tax regime in which tax is levied on the capital value of the property instead of annual rental income. The government recently released GO 198 to introduce the new property tax and vacant land tax regime in urban local communities.
Lawyer Sunkara Rajendra Prasad, arguing on behalf of the petitioners, told the judiciary headed by Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Judge Ninala Jayasurya that the amended Municipalities Act of Andhra Pradesh violated constitutional principles and democratic. He also supported the process of rolling out the new tax system without giving people the opportunity to submit their grievances.
While objections were called amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many people were reluctant to travel to municipalities to submit their grievances, he said, adding that although representations were made to provide of alternative platforms such as the online submission of objections, officials did not consider the requests.
Government litigator for municipal administration, G Shivaji, argued that the state government brought the amendment in line with the recommendations of the Union government, which proposed to have a uniform tax policy. across the country and has published guidelines on this. The state government only followed the recommendations, he said. Given all of the arguments, the High Court asked the state government to file cross-affidavits in the petition and released the case for a new hearing after eight weeks.
Lawyer Sunkara Rajendra Prasad, arguing on behalf of the petitioners, supported the process of rolling out the new tax regime without giving people the opportunity to submit their grievances.

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