Sunday 21 December 2014

Woman gets €4000 bill for abolished NPPR tax she never knew existed

Published 05/03/2014 | 16:00

The charge, which is now abolished, was set at an annual rate of €200 in 2009 per chargeable residence
The charge, which is now abolished, was set at an annual rate of €200 in 2009 per chargeable residence

A woman who claims she never knew the Non Principal Private Residence charge existed, was shocked in January to receive a bill for €4,000.

Alison told RTE's Liveline that she received a bill from her county council for the tax - and this was the first she had ever received a letter notifying her about the due payment.

The charge, which is now abolished, was set at an annual rate of €200 in 2009 per chargeable residence.

Alison said the county council informed her she was subject to a 120pc fine on her NPPR tax because she failed to pay it.

NPPR has now been replaced by the Local Property Tax. However, all outstanding NPPR charges still remain due.

Alison told Joe Duffy today: "I got in touch with the county council and they told me that there was a penalty of 120 per cent per anum that would have to be paid."

"I told them that I hadn't been notified but they said the onus is on the person to pay it."

"The only reply I'm getting from them is that all penalties are legally due."

After August 31 however, Alison says her bill will jump massively to €7,000 if she fails to pay it.

"For the next five months, they won't impose any penalties."

But she said: "The €4,220 bill will go to over €7,000 in August."

Alison said while she pays the property tax, the household charge and is an honest citizen, and she genuinely did not know she had to pay tax on her second home - which she bought as an alternative to a pension.

"It's a great money spinner," she said. "To send me a bill five years after the NPPR began? I never had a chance to pay it."

"A fine of €100 a month is my shopping bill," she said.

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