20 September, 2001
No. SOV (LG) 5-20/2001, dated 20th September, 2001. – In exercise of the powers conferred upon him under sub-section (1) of section 191 of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 2001 (XIII of 2001), the Governor of the Punjab is pleased to direct that the following rules hall be made.
1. Short title Commencement.
1) These rules may be called the Punjab Local Government ( Tax On Transfer of Immovable Property) Rules , 2001.
2) They shall come into force at once.
1) In these rules unless the subject or context requires otherwise: –
a) “immovable property” means any building or land situate within the limits of a Tehsil/Town Municipal Administration.
b) “tax” means the tax levied under these rules on the transfer to immovable property.
c) “taxation officer” means an officer appointed or designated as such under these rules for the purposes of assessment and collection of the tax of the Tehsil/Town Municipal Administration’ and
d) “transfer of immovable property” means the conveyance on proprietary rights in any immovable property from one person to another.
2) Words and expressions used but not defined in these rules shall have the same meanings as are respectively assigned to them in the Ordinance.
3. Levy of tax. –
1) A Local Government for a Tehsil/Town may levy tax on the transfer of immovable property situated within its limits as provided in Part-II of the Second Schedule of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 2001.
2) The rate of the tax shall be fixed as a percentage of the amount of consideration of transfer of property.
Explanation. — For the purpose of this rule “consideration” means the price paid for the transfer of the immovable property and where no price is paid the market value as assessed by the authority competent to collect the tax.
4. Assessment and Collection of tax.
1) Where an immovable property is transferred through a registered deed, the tax shall become due as soon as the sale-deed is registered and may be assessed and collected by the Taxation Officer either directly or through the registrar or Sub-Registrar concerned, if so authorized by the Board of Revenue either by a general or special Order.
2) Where an immovable property is transferred orally and such transfer is followed by a mutation in the revenue office, the tax shall become due as a soon as the mutation is sanctioned and may be assessed and collected by the Taxation Officer either directly or through the Revenue Officer concerned, if so authorized by the Board of Revenue either by a general or special order.
3) Where a transfer is not covered by sub-rule (1) or sub-rule (2), the tax shall become due as soon as the sale takes place and may be assessed and collected by the Taxation Officer at the office of Tehsil/Town Municipal Administration.
5. Liability to pay tax. The tax shall be paid by the transferee of the property unless otherwise mutually agreed to between the transferor and the transferee in within.
6. Credit of tax. The authority collecting the tax under rule 4 shall immediately credit the amount so collected to the local fund of the Tehsil/Town Municipal Administration.
7. Recovery of arrears of tax. If the tax assessed under rule 4 is not paid, it shall be recoverable as arrears of land revenue.
8. Appeal. Any person aggrieved by an order under rule 4 or rule 7 may prefer an appeal to the Tehsil/Town Nazim within thirty days of the date of such order and the order passed by the Nazim on the appeal shall be final.
9. Exemption. No. tax shall be levied on the transfer of immovable property:-
a) in favour of the Federal or the Provincial Government;
b) by tamleek (I.e. gift in favour of legal heirs) upto 25 acres fo agricultural a land in rural areas; or
c) by exchange upto 25 acres of agricultural land in rural areas.