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Monday 23 October 2017

Revenue to raid pay for property tax within week

Josephine Feehily of the Revenue Commission. Photo: Tom Burke
Josephine Feehily of the Revenue Commission. Photo: Tom Burke

THE Government will dip into the pay packets and pensions of 50,000 property owners unless they stump up their property tax payment within a week.

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners has sent final reminder letters to property owners who are in employment or have an occupational pension and have not met their property tax obligations.

Anyone who gets a reminder letter has seven working days to file their return online.

If that deadline passes, Revenue will have the right to take money at source from wages and pensions.

Self-employed property owners who get the letter could find themselves refused a tax-clearance certificate.

Recent statistics showed that nearly 90pc of eligible homeowners have paid the tax. To date, more than 1.58 million property tax returns have been filed and over €175m has been collected in Local Property Tax.

Another €60m has been committed by way of phased payments, where the tax is paid every month by direct debit or following deduction at source from pay packets.

Revenue has said from the outset that as there was no complete property register in the State, there will be some errors in the records.

Data from the Revenue Commissioners shows that, of 1.96 million homeowners who are liable for the tax, some 1.58 million have registered, and local authorities and social-housing agencies have registered an additional 160,000 units.

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This means Revenue is on course to collect €250m by the end of the year.

Some 3pc of homeowners have sought an exemption or deferral because they cannot afford to pay.

The highest rate of compliance is 92pc, found in three local-authority areas – South Tipperary, North Tipperary and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, while the lowest rate is in Donegal, at 84pc. Revenue chairperson Josephine Feehily said the compliance rate was "remarkable".

"Successfully implementing the full range of payment options was the final piece in the voluntary phase of the local property tax," she said.

In a statement today Revenue said that anyone who had filed a property tax return but still received a reminder letter should contact their helpline on 1890 200 255.

"This could arise where the return was filed under a different name and PPS number to the property owner on Revenue's property register, or where the address used was slightly different to the address on our record. You should have your Property ID, PIN code and PPS number ready," said a Revenue spokesperson.

If you've received a property tax reminder letter, but are not the owner of the property, the advice from Revenue was to also contact the helpline immediately or they will still think you are liable, and will pursue you for the property tax.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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