BMC issues notice to ad agency for Rs 14.5L tax default

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Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a notice to an advertising agency for non-payment of Rs 14,51,620 dues.

The notice was issued to M/S Enkon Private Limited under Section 6 of Orissa Public Demand Recovery (OPDR) Act, 1962, for defaulting the payment for the year 2015-16.

The civic body has asked the agency to cough up the dues within 30 days or face the consequence as the OPDR Act is known for its serious consequences like attachment of property and bank accounts until the said case is not solved with immediate effect.

The certificate case has been initiated by Deputy Zonal Commissioner of South East Zone of BMC.

It can be noted here that after a resolution in BMC Corporation a proposal was sent to the State Government to designate a Certificate Officers in BMC for efficient and better collection of revenue and in 2014 the State Government accepted the proposal to designate officers in the largest corporation of Odisha.

At present, BMC has three Certificate Officers in three different zones. However, to collect fees from unauthorised advertising activities, this would be the first Certificate Case in BMC’s history.

The notice to the certificate debtor, issued on September 7, has asked the agency to pay the money or reap the consequences as legally the OPDR Act could result in serious implications. Once the payment is made within the stipulated period of the Act, the Certificate case would be cancelled with immediate effect, it the notice clarified.

Earlier, before any reference to revenue related matters in case of tax collection, OPDR Act notices were issued by an officer designated in the sub-collector’s office for BMC. However, since 2015 BMC has started having three officers designate to make the revenue collection more effective under OPDR Act, 1962.

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