Monday 27 March 2017

Flood-hit homeowners given extra time to pay property bills

Cavan farmer Simon West makes his way through the flood waters that surround his home at Derryheen. The county is under threat of further flooding. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Cavan farmer Simon West makes his way through the flood waters that surround his home at Derryheen. The county is under threat of further flooding. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Niall O’Connor Political Correspondent

HOMEOWNERS affected by the recent floods are to be given more time to settle their property tax bills.

The Revenue Commissioners today announced plans to ease the financial burden facing those impacted by Storms Desmond And Frank.

Families whose principal residence has been flooded will now qualify for a deferral of the property tax – as long as they are in receipt of humanitarian assistance from the Department of Social Protection.

Property owners should contact the LPT Helpline on 1890 200 255 to make the relevant arrangements.

“Revenue is very aware of the difficulties affecting many households and businesses at this time due to flooding and is conscious that the payment of certain taxes that are shortly due, including Local Property Tax, VAT and PAYE/PRSI may add to the distress,” the Revenue Commissioners said in a statement.

And business owners who are in receipt of support through the Red Cross will be shown leeway in terms of filing term returns, the Revenue Commissioners said.

The statement said that business owners should “contact the Collector-General’s office on 1890 20 30 70 to agree additional time to file returns and make payments or to agree suitable phased payment arrangements.”

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