ALMOST 600 homeowners have registered with the Revenue Commissioners to pay the property tax, more than three months ahead of the deadline.
And the taxman has urged people to engage "honestly and reasonably" when valuing their homes, saying that "exceptional or unique" features should be taken into account when calculating the bill.
The plea came after it emerged that homes with vastly different market values had been bunched together in new guidelines on the property tax.
An online guide published by Revenue was criticised for being too vague, which could result in some homeowners paying the wrong rate of tax.
Property owners are expected to value their own property, before calculating the tax due.
Figures produced by Revenue yesterday show that almost 610,000 have consulted the Revenue guidelines since the website went live last Sunday – more than 121,000 a day.
Revenue also revealed:
• Some 178,941 letters have been issued to homeowners asking them to register for the tax.
• More than 1,900 calls have been made to the local property tax helpline, seeking assistance.
• A total of 321 self-assessments have been made using an online system, while another 258 were made by post.
The first payments will be made on July 1.
The tax is levied at 0.18pc of the value of the property, up to a market value of €1m. Expensive properties will be assessed at 0.18pc up to €1m, and 0.25pc on the portion of the value above €1m.
Letters to every home in the State will be sent over the coming weeks, and the deadline to register by post is May 7, but electronic returns can be made up to May 28 at www.revenue.ie.
Payments can be made at source by employers, by direct debit or through An Post, Omnivend or Payzone outlets.
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