Builders, We, Pune Property Buyers, Will Not Pay You VAT (Value Added Tax)Before 31st October 2012, on the Properties We Bought from You Between 2006 and 2010!
Pune Property Buyers Unite to Fight Against Maharashtra Value Added Tax (MVAT):
|Property buyers at an awareness programme about paying Maharashtra Value Added Tax (MVAT) to builders before October 31 deadline|
On Sunday morning, Pune property buyers, harassed & threatened by the builders to pay exorbitant amount of VAT before 31st October 2012, assembled in huge numbers at Perugate Bhave School. When they came, all were frightened. But, at the end of the meeting all were ready to fight the builders & Maharashtra Government.
Under the leadership of Mr. Suryakant Pathak of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat, Vivek Velankar of Sajag Nagarik Manch and Sudhakar Velankar of Grahak Hitwardhini, Pune property buyers declared war against the builders & Maharashtra Government, and announced that, "We will not pay VAT (Value Added Tax)".
All these property buyers have purchased properties between 2006 and 2010. Their builders had sent them demand letters for paying VAT before 31st October 2012. Amount of VAT varied from builder to builder. From 5 per cent to 1 per cent of the agreement cost!
Since every property buyer has signed the agreement and accepted the responsibility to pay taxes, now, no one is in a position to refuse.
At the same time, today, no one is ready to pay exorbitantly high VAT for their properties bought between 2006 and 2010.
Particularly, when for the properties purchased after 2010, Maharashtra Value Added Tax (MVAT) is only 1 per cent of the agreement cost!
The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) (142/2012) by Mr. Sudhakar Velankar of Grahak Hitwardhini in Bombay High Court, gave strength & confidence to the worried property buyers. The PIL, which is scheduled for hearing on 17th October 2012, challenges the legality of the VAT, method of calculation of VAT, and requests for a stay on recovery by the builders.
Mr. Suryakant Pathak of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat, assured all frightened property buyers that they will win this war if they stand united. Mr. Pathak appealed to all property buyers not to pay VAT and join the collective action program - like Morcha - to build pressure on Maharashtra Government.
"For the property buyers, VAT is an opportunity! Golden opportunity to force the builder to fulfill the promises mentioned in the agreement!! Like formation of the society and conveyance deed. Best opportunity to demand Hisab Kitab of MSEB to Maintenance charges!!” Mr. Vivek Velankar of Sajag Nagarik Manch said.
To join the fight against VAT, Pune property buyers can visit Grahak Peth, Tilak Road, 2020, Sadashiv Peth, Pune - 411030. Between 6 to 8 pm. Call: Mr. Sagar Vijay - 9422502315 & Sudhakar Velankar: 9850758305
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