No escape: the final property tax swoop
Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30
Homeowners who refuse to pay the property tax are being taken to court and having goods seized in a final clampdown.
Despite a whopping 96pc compliance rate, the Revenue is using its sophisticated IT system to track down the last homeowners who won't pay up.
The taxman continually looks for evasion trends - broken down to town and even street levels. Satellite images show houses where the tax is paid.
Revenue Collector General Michael Gladney said enforcement is extending to the courts.
Legal proceedings have been ramped up this year, with almost 50 court summonses issued and another 500 cases sent to sheriffs.
Around 150 of these have gone to enforcement, resulting in goods being seized.
Some 80,000 homeowners are subject to mandatory deductions - up 23,000 over last year.
Mr Gladney warned: "Don't let the issue fester. Don't think you won't hear from us, because you will. It's better to talk to us."
Separately, the Irish tax system came under fire as EU finnace ministers met in the wake of the €13bn Apple tax ruling.