Tuesday 31 May 2016

Home tax: 60pc of Phil and Enda’s constituents snub it

Independent.ie reporters

Published 30/04/2012 | 08:32

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore

TWO-thirds of constituents in Minister Phil Hogan’s constituency have failed to pay the household charge, it has emerged.

And in Enda Kenny’s Mayo homeland 60pc have so far not paid the €100 levy.

Eamon Gilmore’s affluent Dublin constituency of Dun Laoghaire has a compliance rate of 64pc – despite the anti payment campaign mounted by Independent Richard Boyd Barrett who also hails from the borough.

The figures, produced in today’s Daily Mail, do not include the 235,000 applications yet to be processed.

Overall just one of 34 councils nationwide has a compliance rate in excess of 50pc and 22 have less than 40pc paid up.

In Environment Minister Hogan’s own constituency just 34pc have signed up in Carlow and 35pc in Kilkenny.

Many families who decided to bite the bullet and pay the household charge have been hit with late-payment fines and interest penalties of almost €300,000.

This is because they failed to pay the €100 charge by the March 31 deadline and were forced to stump up an additional €10 late-payment fee and €1 interest payment.

A total of 890,184 homeowners have registered to pay the charge, figures from the Local Government Management Agency showed earlier this month.

Some 648,739 have paid the tax in full, with just over 27,000 paying since March 31, meaning they were liable for late-payment fees.

Homeowners who pay no later than six months after the due date are hit with a 10pc late-payment fee. This rises to 20pc after six months and 30pc after a year. An additional interest penalty of 1pc is added per month it is unpaid.

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