Traders should be relieved from Local Body Tax: CAMIT

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jun 2018 12:24:17


Business Bureau

A delegation of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry & Trade (CAMIT) led by Dipen Agrawal, President and Mohan Gurnani, Chairman met Manisha Patankar Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary (UD. II), Urban Development. Department (UDD) to discuss issues pertaining to traders from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Sangli Municipal Corporation .Dipen Agrawal briefed about long pending issue from NMC regarding effective date of LBT corrigendum issued on July 6, 2013. He said, the then State Government reduced LBT rates by issuing corrigendum to pacify the agitating traders and for smooth adaptability of LBT by business community. The title and the language of said corrigendum makes it explicitly clear that it corrects the rates in original notification and it is pertinent to note that similar corrigendum of even date issued for other municipal corporations have been given effect from date of implementation of LBT in their respective corporations. Mhaiskar acknowledged that there is merit in the submissions and assured to take appropriate decision in the matter after verifying pre-corrigendum rates.

Agrawal briefed about the discrimination and harassment faced by industry and traders from TMC. He said, “TMC is arbitrarily denying benefits of concessions of erstwhile Octroi extended to LBT by LBT corrigendum dated July 6, 2013 to new industry and the industries which were not availing the concession. He said, Government has declined the request of municipal corporations to further extend the time period for assessment under Amnesty Scheme but TMC is unlawfully issuing backdated assessment orders in Amnesty Scheme cases thereby making mockery of Government’s decision. Mhaiskar assured the delegation that suitable directions will be issued in the matter.

He also brought to the notice of the Secretary the plight of traders of Sangli who were being facing harassment under the garb of LBT assessment. Mhaiskar after giving a patient hearing released the order to stay recovery proceedings and assessment orders till further notice .
Sandip Parikh and Jimmy Pauly informed that industries are being charged commercial rates for Property Tax by corporations which was very high and burden on industry. “There should be separate rate of tax for industry in between residential and commercial,” Parikh said. Mhaiskar agreed and asked CAMIT to submit a written proposal to take it forward. Mohan Gurnani appraised Mhaiskar that while renewing lease of shops/galas KMC is demanding rent on ready reckoner base, which works out to whooping 800 per cent to 1,000 per cent increase. Mhaiskar said that a study would be conducted in the matter and thereafter matter would be discussed .

At the outset, Mohan Gurnani expressed his gratitude on behalf of CAMIT and traders of State for not granting further time to municipal corporations for completing assessment of LBT returns filed under Amnesty Scheme.
Sanjay K. Agrawal, and Kirit Panchmatia representing steel and sugar traders respectively from Nagpur, Jimmy Pauly and Sandip Parikh representing TISSA and Ajit Kothari, Baban Mahajan and Sandeep Veer representing shop/gala owners from Kolhapur participated in the discussions. Dipen Agrawal thanked Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, UDD-II for addressing the issues promptly and positively in the meeting. He appealed her to ensure that traders be relieved from LBT totally.