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Monday 15 September 2014

Nearly 20,000 yet to pay NPPR tax

Published 27/06/2013 | 05:26

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Cllr Tim Lombard, who requested the NPPR figures from the council.

NEARLY 20,000 people who own second homes in Cork County have yet to pay the €200 Non-Principal Private Residence (NPPR) tax, which is due at the end of the month.

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NEARLY 20,000 people who own second homes in Cork County have yet to pay the €200 Non-Principal Private Residence (NPPR) tax, which is due at the end of the month.

Cork County Council this week revealed that as of June 6 it had collected €1.7m from the tax, compared to over €5.8m last year.

A total of 28,154 people paid the NPPR charge in 2012, yet the figures issued to councillors at Monday morning's meeting of the council show that just 8,570 have paid so far in 2013 ahead of the Sunday, June 30 deadline.

Those who fail to pay the tax on time are charged an extra €20 for every month the charge goes unpaid.

Council management this week revealed that 16,276 written reminders were recently issued to those who had paid the charge in 2012 but had yet to do so this year.

Cllr Tim Lombard (FG), who requested the latest figures from the council, said that the low level of payment was cause for concern.

"This is due at the end of the month, the level of payment seems very, very low. There has been a major falloff on last year," he said.

Cllr Kevin O'Keeffe said that the levels of payment may not be due to forgetfulness or neglect on the part of those with outstanding charges.

"Maybe people can't afford to pay it, the money has run out," he said.

County Manager Martin Riordan said that reminders have been sent out by post and email, depending on the preference chosen by those who previously paid the charge.

"I expect payments to ramp up substantially by the end of the month," he said.

Corkman

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