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Video: Campaigners threaten to step up boycotts as property tax rate revealed

Ed Carty

Published 05/12/2012 | 17:57

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CAMPAIGNERS have warned of deepening boycotts against tax on family homes as Budget 2013 heralded the much-anticipated new 0.18pc property tax rate.

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Despite assurances that it will not rise over the next three years, Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said the level of opposition will soar.

"Fifty percent of homeowners continue to boycott household tax, that will be intensified as this new burden comes in. There will be massive resistance," he said.

The scheme will cost average homeowners between €250-300 a year with a higher mansion tax rate of 0.25pc for homes worth €1m-plus.

Gregor Kerr, spokesman for the Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes (CAHWT), said the tax was a declaration of war on people.

"Campaign members across the country will respond to this provocation by re-doubling and intensifying both the boycott of the property tax and protests against it and against the austerity agenda," he said.

Latest figures from the Local Government Management Agency put half a million homeowners in the boycott bracket.

Some 1.1 million homes have been registered to pay the Household Charge as it stands, bringing in €111m.

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