Kerala govt to slap fine for modification of houses after tax assessment

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Thiruvananthapuram: Keralites, especially those who have modified houses after tax assessment, should take note. The Kerala government has decided to slap fine on such modifications resulting changes in floor area or usage pattern.

The entities are supposed to intimate details in a written format to the local body secretary within 30 days of modification done to the existing structure. Failure will invite a fine of Rs 1,000. If the revised tax as per the latest rates is above Rs 1,000 then that respective amount will be levied.

Similarly, if the local body secretary is not informed about the completion of the new building and the usage pattern within 15 days, then a fine amount not exceeding Rs 500 will be levied.

However, the entities have been given time till May 15, 2023, to intimate the concerned details without paying any fine.

It may be specifically noted that local bodies will have a field visit to collect information regarding all buildings in their respective areas, even if the matter is not intimated.

The field visits and data collection will be completed by June 30, 2023. The revised tax as per the new rates will be calculated based on the information collected. The new rates are effective from April 1, 2023.

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