Sunday 4 December 2016

The 60-second guide to... Getting a waiver on property tax

Published 20/11/2016 | 02:30

'Contact the Revenue Commissioners if you qualify for an exemption but have been mistakenly paying property tax.' Photo: Depositphotos
'Contact the Revenue Commissioners if you qualify for an exemption but have been mistakenly paying property tax.' Photo: Depositphotos

You could save hundreds or thousands of euro a year if your home is exempt from property tax so it is worth checking whether or not your property qualifies for a waiver.

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You don't have to pay property tax if you have moved out of your home because of a long-term mental or physical infirmity - as long as your home is vacant. This exemption cannot be claimed however if the property is jointly owned - unless both owners are mentally or physically infirm. You don't have to be elderly to get this exemption.

A property is exempt from property tax if it was bought, built or adapted to make it suitable for a permanently incapacitated person to live in. The individual in question must have a condition which is so severe that it dictates the type of property they can live in. The individual must also be unable to earn a living from working (because of their condition). The exemption can only be claimed for adaptations to a property where the cost of the adaptations exceeds 25pc of the market value of the property before it is adapted.

Owners of homes which have been badly damaged by pyrite don't have to pay property tax. This exemption is usually available for six years from the date the property qualified for the exemption. Your home is eligible for the pyrite exemption in a number of circumstances including if you have a certificate of damage for the property or if your home is part of the pyrite remediation scheme run by the Pyrite Resolution Board.

Other properties exempt from property tax until the end of 2019 include new and previously unused properties bought from a builder or developer between January 1, 2013 and October 31, 2019, and second-hand properties bought in 2013 as a principal private residence.

Contact the Revenue Commissioners if you qualify for an exemption but have been mistakenly paying property tax.

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