Sunday 19 February 2017

Enforcing that household charge

Published 14/12/2011 | 13:33

The publication by Environment Minister Phil Hogan of a bill containing draconian measures to enforce payment of the new household charge is a reminder of just how unpopular this recently introduced tax is likely to be.

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Under the terms of the minister's bill, those who refuse to pay the household charge could find themselves being hit with late payment penalties of up to €180 and fines of €2,500. With the household charge, which has been set at an initial rate of €100 per year, set to be replaced by a much higher property tax next year, these charges and penalties are almost certainly to rise ever further in the lifetime of this Government.

One doesn't need to be a fortune teller to foresee difficulty ahead.

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