Rawalpindi: The Excise & Taxation department Rawalpindi recently announced its decision to bring the 24 newly merged union councils under its jurisdiction, into the tax net — a news source reported. As per the publication, the said union councils’ status was recently upgraded from rural to urban — with these areas now falling under the domain of the Rawalpindi Metropolitan Corporation (RMC).
Once the status of the said union councils had been changed, the excise department had proceeded with issuing them with property tax notices. Now, the department has decided to impose additional taxes in these areas; including Professional Tax, Shop Tax, and Water Tax.
The aforementioned union councils include Shakrial East, Shakria West, Khanna Dak, Chaklala, Dhok Munshi, Rehmatabad, Dhok Gangal, Gulrez, Shah Khalid, Shah Faisal Colony, Kot Haklan One, Kot Haklan Two, and Morgah among others.
Reportedly, all the major roads in these councils have also been declared as commercial roads. Moreover, the businesses located on these roads, such as corner shops and shopping plazas, will have to pay additional commercial taxes. In addition, the approval of maps for new properties being developed in the area will also require extra fees.
The decision to bring these union councils into the tax net is ultimately expected to improve revenue collection for the RMC.