THE
WEST PAKISTAN URBAN IMMOVABLE PROPERTY TAX ACT, 1958

Contents
1 Short Title and Extent
2 Definitions
3 Levy of Tax
3-A Share of Local Bodies in the tax
3-B Levy of Tax in Cantonment area
4 Exemptions
5 Ascertainment of annual value
6 Assessing authority
7 Making and operating of valuation lists
8 Draft valuation list
9 Amendment of current valuation list
10 Appeal and revision
11 Tax to be levied notwithstanding appeal
12 Tax when payable
13 Collection of tax
14 Recovery of tax from tenants
15 Penalty for default in payment
16 Recovery of unpaid dues
17 Remuneration of local authority
18 Powers of assessing authority to require returns for valuation list
19 Powers of assessing authority to require returns at any time
20 Valuation list not to be rendered in valid by certain failures or omissions
21 Assessing authorities, officers and servants to be deemed public servants
22 Exclusion of jurisdiction of Civil Courts
23 Powers to make rules.
24 Repeal and saving.

The
WEST PAKISTAN URBAN IMMOVABLE PROPERTY TAX ACT, 1958

ACT V OF 1958

An Act to consolidate the law
relating to the levy of a tax on Urban
Immovable Property in the Province of West Pakistan.

10th April 1958

No. Leg. 1 (5)/58, 10th April 1958, (Gazette, Extraordinary 10th April 1958). The following Act having received the assent of the Governor of West Pakistan on the 8th April 1958, and was published for general informa­tion in the Gazette.

Preamble.
Whereas it is expedient to consolidate the law relating to the levy of a tax on Urban Immovable Property in the Province of West Pakistan;

It is hereby enacted as follows;—

1. Short title and extent.

(1) This Act may be called. the Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax Act, 1958.

(2) It shall extend to the whole of the Province of Punjab, except the Tribal Areas.

2. Definitions.
In this Act unless the context otherwise requires, the following expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say:-

(a) “assessing authority” means the assessing authority constituted under this Act ;

(b) “Collector” means an officer appointed by Government by name, or by virtue of his office, to discharge the functions and to perform the duties of a Collector under this Act in any specified area ;

(c) “Commissioner” means an officer appointed by Government by name, or by virtue of his office, to discharge the functions and to perform the duties of a Commissioner under this Act in any specified area ;

(d) “Government” means Government of West Pakistan;

(dd) “members of the family of the owner” means

(I) wife or husband, as the case may be ; and
(II) dependent children of the owner.

(e) “owner” includes mortagagee with possession, a lessee in perpetuity, a trustee having possession of a trust property and a person to whom an evacuee property has been transferred provisionally of permanently under the Displaced Persons (Rehabilitation and Compensation) Act, 1958 (Act No. XXVIII of 1958).

(f) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act ;

(g) “rating area” means urban area where tax is levied under the provisions of this Act;

(h) “tax” means the tax leviable under the provisions of section 3; and

(i) “urban area” means an area within the boundaries of a Municipal Corporation, Municipal Committee, Cantonment Board, Small Town Committee, or other authority (not being a District Board) legally entitled to, or entrusted by Government with the control or management of a municipal or a local fund.

3. Levy of tax.

(1) Government may by notification specify urban areas where tax shall be levied under this Act;
Provided that one urban area may be divided into two or more rating areas or several urban areas may be grouped as one rating area.

(2) There shall be charged, levied and paid a tax on the annual value of buildings and lands in a rating area as hereinafter provided :
on the first ninety rupees … … nil.
on the next ninety rupees … … five percent.
on the next one hundred and eighty rupees or part thereof seven and a half percent.
on the next one thousand and eighty rupees or part thereof fifteen per cent..
Provided that Government may, by notification, remit for reasons to be recorded in whole or in part, the payment of the tax by any class of persons in respect of any category of property.
Explanation. The annual value for the purposes of this section shall be the aggregate annual value of all buildings and lands owned by the same person in a rating area.

(3) Omitted

(4) In case of property of the annual value not exceeding twelve thousand rupees , other than the property referred to in sub-section(3) , a deduction of two hundred and seventy rupees from the annual value shall be allowed.

(5) Government may, by notification, for reasons to be recorded ,remit in whole or in part, the payment of the tax by any class of persons in respect of any category of property.
Explanation—The annual value for the purpose of this section shall be the aggregate annual value of all buildings and lands owned by the person in the rating area.

(6) The tax shall be due from the owner of buildings and lands.

(7) A rebate equal to five per cent of the amount of annual tax for a financial year will be given if the amount of annual tax is paid in lump sum on or before the 31th day of August of the financial year.

3.A Share of local bodies in the tax.
Out of the tax collected under this Act from with in the limits of a Municipal Committee, a Town Committee or a cantonment Board, the Government shall, after retaining five per cent therof as collection charges, pay 85 per cent of the balance to such Municipal Committee, Town Committee or cantonment Board, as the case may be.

3.B Levy of tax in cantonment area.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act or in any other law for the time being in force, there shall be charged, levied and paid a tax on annual value of building and lands in a cantonment area at a rate not exceeding 20% and not less than 10% of such annual value as may be determined and notified by Government for such rating area or areas keeping in view the standard of development and availability of civil amenities, the general economic condition of the local population and income of the cantonment Board concerned from other sources.

4. Exemptions
The tax shall not be leviable in respect of the following properties, namely:—

a) buildings and lands other than those leased in per-petuity, owned by the Federal Government;

b) building and lands other than those leased in per-petuity;

i) owned by Government of the Punjab and not administered by the local authority
ii) owned or administered by a local authority;

c) Omitted

i) buildings and lands, the annual value of which does not exceed six hundred and forty eight rupees; or
ii) one building occupied by an owner for his resi-dence, the annual value of which does not exceed one Thousand and eighty rupees subject to the condition that the owner or any member of his family does not own any other conditions as may be prescribed:
Provided that if such building or land is in the ownership of a person who owns any other building or land in the same rating area, the annual value of such building or land, shall, for the purposes of this clause, be deemed to be the aggregate annual value of all buildings and lands owned by him in that area:

d) building and lands or portions thereof used ex-clusively for educational purposes including schools boarding houses, hostels and libraries;

e) Public parks and playgrounds;

f) Building and lands or portions thereof used ex-clusively ofr public worship or public charity in-cluding mosques, temples, churches, dharamsalas, gurdwaras, hospitals, dispensaries, orphanages, alms house, drinking water fountains, infirmaries for the treatment and care of animals and public viral or burning grounds or other places for the disposal of the dead:

provided that the following building and lands or portions thereof shall not be deemd to be used exclusively for public worship or for public charity within the meaning of this section ,namely:—

i) Buildings in or land on which any trade or business is carried on unless the rent derived from such building or land is applied exclusively to religious purposes or such public charitable institutions as may be prescribed;
ii) Buildings or lands in respect of which rent is derived, and such rent is not applied exclusively to religious purposes or to public charitable institution; and

g) one residential house owned by a widow, a disabled person or minor whose father is dead:

Provided that where such a person owns more than one residential building in the same or any other rating area. The exemption shall be admissible to one of such houses of his choice.
Explanation.— Disabled person means a person who is permanently incapacitated to earn his livelihood.

h) all houses planned and constructed for residential purposes only and actually and exclusively being used for residential purposes:

Provided that such exemption shall be admissible in the case of such house only as are brought on the valuation list on or after the first day of July, 1918 and shall be available for a period of the first three years after such houses are brought on the valuation list.

5. Ascertainment of, annual value.
The annual value of any land or building shall be ascertained by estimating the gross annual rent at which such land or building together with its appurtenances and any furniture that may be let for use or enjoyment with such building might reasonably be expected to be let from year to year, less:-

(a) any allowance not exceeding twenty per centum of the gross annual rent as the assessing authority in each particular case may consider reasonable rent for the furniture let with any such building ; ‘

(b) an allowance of ten per centum for the cost of repairs arid for all other expenses necessary to maintain such building in a state to command such gross annual rent. Such deduction shall be calculated on the balance of the gross annual rent after the deduction, if any, under clause. (a) ; and

(c) any land revenue actually paid in respect of such building or land;
Provided that in calculating the annual value of any building or land under this section the value of any machinery in such building or on such land shall be excluded.

6. Assessing authority,

(1) There shall be an assessing authority for every rating area.

(2) The assessing authority shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as are conferred on it by this Act or the rules made thereunder.

7. Making and operation of valuation lists.

(1) A valuation list shall be made by the prescribed authority in accordance with the rules framed under this Act for every rating area so as to come into force either on the first day of April or the first day of October, and thereafter a new valuation list shall be made from time to time so that the interval between the dates on which one valuation list and the next succeeding valuation list respectively come into force shall be a period of five years;
Provided that Government may by order__

(a) reduce by a period not exceeding one year or extend by a period not exceeding three years the interval which would otherwise elapse between the coming into force of any two successive valuation lists for any rating area, or, where a valuation list has been lost or destroyed by operation of circumstances beyond control, cancel the list, direct the preparation of a new list and order recovery of pending tax to be made on the basis either of the last preceding valuation list or of the new list prepared under this proviso ; and
(b) divide any rating area into parts for the purposes of a new valua­tion list and determine the years in which the next following valuation list for each of such parts respectively shall be made and come into force.

(2) Subject to the provisions of any such order as aforesaid, every valuation list shall come into force on the first day of April or the first day of October, as the case may be, next following the date on which it is finally approved by the assessing authority and shall, subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder (including the provisions with respect to the alteration of and the making of additions to the valuation list) remain in force until it is superseded by a new valuation list.

8. Draft valuation list.

(1) Where the assessing authority for any area has issued notices requiring returns in connection with the making of a new valuation list, the said authority shall, as soon as may be after the expiration of the period allowed for the delivery of the returns, cause a draft valuation list to be prepared for the area and published in such manner as may be prescribed.

(2) Any person aggrieved by any entry in the draft valuation list, or by the insertion therein or omission therefrom of any matter, or otherwise with respect to the list, may, in accordance with the rules made under this Act lodge an objection with the assessing authority at any time before the expiration of thirty days from the date on which the draft valuation list is published.

9. Amendment of current valuation list.
Subject to such rules, if any, as the Government may think fit to make in this behalf, the assessing authority may at any time make such amendments in a valuation list as appear to it to be necessary in order to bring the list into accord with existing circumstances and in particular may:-

(a) correct any clerical or arithmetical error in the list ;

(b) correct any erroneous insertion or omission or any mis-description ;

(c) make such additions to or corrections in the list as appear to the authority to be necessary by reason of

(i) a new building being erected after the completion of the valua­tion list ;
(ii) a building included in the valuation list being destroyed or sub­stantially damaged or altered since its value was last previously determined.
(iii) any change in the ownership or use of any building or land;
Provided that not less than fourteen days before making any such amendment in the valuation list for the time being in force, other than the correction of a clerical or arithmetical error, or the correction of an erroneous insertion, omission or misdescription, the assessing authority shall send notice of .the proposed amendment to the owner of the building or land and shall also consider any objection thereto which may be made by him.

10. Appeal and revision.

(1) Any person aggrieved by an order of the appropriate authority upon an objection made before that authority under sections 8, 9 or 15 may appeal against such order, at any time before the expiration of thirty days from the date of such order, to the Collector of the district in which the building or land to which the objection related is situate, or to such other officer as the Government may, by notification, appoint in this behalf.

(2) The Commissioner or such other officer as may be appointed by the Government by notification in this behalf, may of his own motion at any time, or on application made within a period of one year from the date of the taking of any proceedings or passing of any order by .an authority subordinate to the Commissioner call for and examine the record of the proceedings or the order for the purpose of satisfying himself as to the legality or propriety of the same and may pass such order in reference thereto as he may consider fit.

11. Tax to be levied notwithstanding appeal. The tax shall be levied in accordance with the valuation list in force for the time being, and shall be collected and be recoverable notwithstanding any appeal which may be pending with respect to that list.

12. Tax when payable. The tax shall be payable half-yearly by such dates as may be prescribed;
Provided that in respect of a rating area which is a hill station, Govern­ment may direct that the tax shall be recovered in one yearly instalment.

13. Collection of tax. The tax shall be paid to such person or authority and in such manner as the Government may prescribe.

14. Recovery of tax from tenants. Where the tax due from any person on account of any building or land is in arrears, it shall be lawful for the prescribed authority to serve upon any person paying rent in respect of that building or land, or any part thereof, to the person from whom the arrears are due, a notice stating the amount of such arrears of tax and requiring all future payments of rent (whether the same have already accrued due or not) by the person paying the rent to be made direct to the prescribed authority until such arrears shall have been duly paid, and such notice shall operate to transfer to the prescribed authority the right to recover, receive and give a discharge for such rent. If the person paying rent willfully fails or neglects to comply with the notice aforementioned, the prescribed authority may, after giving him an opportunity of being heard, proceed against him as it would have proceeded under the provisions of this Act against the owner of the building or land in respect of which the tax is in arrears.

15. Penalty for default in payment.

(1) If any person on being served with such notice as may be prescribed fails to pay within the period specified in the notice any amount due from him on account of the tax, the prescribed authority may recover from him as penalty a sum not exceeding the amount of the tax so unpaid, in addition to the amount of the tax payable by him.

(2) No such penalty shall be imposed unless the prescribed authority is satisfied that the person liable to pay the tax has willfully failed to pay the same.

16. Recovery of unpaid dues.

(1) If any sum due on account of the tax levied under section 3 or as a penalty imposed under this Act is not paid within the time allowed for its payment and the person from whom it is due does not show cause to the satisfaction of the Collector or any other person authorised by him why he should not pay the same, such sum (inclusive of all costs of recovery) may be recovered under a warrant in the prescribed form or in a form to the like effect to be signed by the Collector:–

(i) by distress or sale of the movable property belonging to such person ; or
(ii) by attachment and sale of the immovable property belonging to him.
The warrant may be addressed to an officer of the Excise and Taxation Department for execution, and in executing it he may obtain such assistance from other servants of the Department, as he may consider necessary.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in subsection (1), any sum on account of the tax levied or penalty imposed under this Act remaining unrecovered shall be recoverable as arrears of land revenue.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law and notwithstanding any rights arising out of any contract or otherwise whatsoever, any sum due on account of the tax levied under section 3 or as a penalty imposed under this Act in respect of any building or land, shall, subject to the prior payment of the land revenue, if any, due to the Government thereon, be a first charge upon such building or land and upon the movable property, if any, found within or upon such building or land and belonging to the person liable for such tax or penalty:

17. Remuneration of local authority. When the tax is collected by any local authority such local authority shall be entitled to such remuneration on account of the cost of collection as may be prescribed.

18. Powers of assessing authority to require returns for valuation list.­

(1) In every case where a new valuation list is intended to be made for any rating area, the assessing authority shall give public notice of such intention in such manner as may be prescribed, and may serve a notice on the owner, occupier or lessee of any building or land in the said area, or on any one of them, requiring him, or them, to make a return containing such particulars as may be prescribed.

(2) Every person on whom a notice to make a return is served in pursuance of the provisions of this section shall, within thirty days of the date of the service of the notice, make a return in such form as is required by the notice, and deliver it in the manner so required to the assessing authority.

(3) If any person on whom such notice has been served fails within the required period to submit such return, the assessing authority may proceed to value such property in such manner as it deems fit.

19. Powers of assessing authority to require returns at any time. If the assessing authority at any time desires any person, who is the owner, lessee or occupier of any building or land wholly or partly within the rating area, to make a return with respect to any of the matters regarding which a return may be prescribed, it may serve a notice on that person requiring the return, and that person shall, within thirty days from the service of the notice send the required return to the assessing authority;
Provided that the assessing authority may, in its discretion, extend the period for the delivery of any such return.

20. Valuation list not to be rendered invalid by certain failures or omissions. Any failure on the part of the assessing authority to complete any proceedings with respect to the preparation of a valuation list within the time required by this Act or the rules made thereunder, or the omission from a valuation list of any matters required by the rules to be included therein shall not, of itself, render the list invalid.

21. Assessing authorities, officers and servants to be deemed as public servants. Every assessing authority, and every officer working under the orders of such authority for the purposes of this Act, shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

22. Exclusion of jurisdiction of Civil Courts. No Civil Court shall have jurisdiction in any matter, which the Government or an assessing authority or any officer or servant is empowered by. this Act or the rules made there­ under to dispose of, or take cognizance of the manner in which the Government, or any assessing authority, officer or servant exercise any powers vested in it or him by or under this Act or the rules made thereunder.

23. Power to make rules.

(1) The Government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions such rules may provide for any or all of the following matters, namely

(a) the appointment, powers and duties of assessing authorities and other provisions with respect to such authorities ;
(b) the placing of identification marks on, and entry into or upon, any building or land ;
(c) the preparation and publication of valuation lists, including publication and inspection of draft valuation lists, notices of objections and hearing of objections, and other matters incidental thereto ;
(d) the practice and procedure to be followed on and in connection with appeals, including

(i) notices of appeals ;
(ii) prescription of scales of costs ;
(iii) prescription of fees to be charged in connection with appeals ;

(e) the prescription of the form of any notice, valuation list, statement return, or other document whatsoever which is required or authorised to be used under or for the purposes of this Act ;
(f) the mode of service of any notice, order or document required or authorised to be served ;
(g) the inspection and taking copies of and extracts from any draft valuation list. valuation list, notice of objections, proposal for amendment to the valuation list, notice of appeal, valuation made by valuer, and fees for such inspection or copies
(h) the appointment of valuers to advise or assist in connection with the valuation of buildings or lands and thier powers and duties ;
(i) the time at and the manner in which the amount of tax shall be paid to the Government ;
(j) the portion of the tax to be refunded or remitted, and the manner in which and the conditions subject to which such refund or remission may be granted ;
(k) the prescription of fees to be charged in connection with any application made under this Act or the rules made thereunder
(l) any matter which is required by this Act to be prescribed.

(3) In making any rules under subsections (1) and (2) Government may direct that the prescribed authority may impose a penalty not exceeding two hundred rupees on a person who is guilty of a breach of the provisions thereof.

(4) Rules made under this section shall be laid before the Provincial Assembly of West Pakistan as soon as may be after they are made.

24. Repeal and Saving.

(1) The . Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax Act, 1940, the Sind Urban Immovable Property Tax Act, 1948, and the North‑West Frontier Province Urban Immovable Property Tax Act, 1948, are hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding the repeal of the Acts mentioned in subsection (1), everything done, action taken, obligation, liability, penalty or punishment incurred, inquiry or proceeding commenced, officer appointed or person authorised, jurisdiction or power conferred, rule made and order or notification issued under any of the provisions of the said Acts, shall, if not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, be continued, and so far as may be, be deemed to have been respectively done, taken, incurred, commenced, appointed, authorised, conferred, made or issued under this Act.