Deadline for local property tax payment extended until Friday
The Revenue Commissioners has extended the deadline for the online filing of local property tax until Friday evening, following a late surge in demand.
It said that there has been over 250,000 returns filed since Monday, and there was an “unprecedented volume of calls” to the local property tax helpline , with over 70,000 logged since the beginning of the week.
The deadline for filing the 2014 payment instruction on-line was today (WED), but due to the “exceptional level of filing over the last two days”, the Revenue Commissioners said they had decided, as they did last May to extend the deadline.
Property owners now have until 5pm on Friday evening to file their 2014 return. This will still allow Revenue time to implement the individual's preferred payment option for 2014, the body said.
The local property tax helpline (1890 200 255) will be open from 8am to 8pm today and tomorrow, and from 8am on Friday.
Again, as in May last, any taxpayer that has submitted a genuine query - whether by email, letter or voicemail to the helpline - in respect of their 2014 obligations in advance of the filing date will be treated as having complied with their requirements on time, according to the Revenue Commissioners.
For this treatment to apply however, they must file their return promptly when the query is resolved, it said
As of 5pm today, returns for over 870,000 properties have been filed.
Revenue have asked householders to let them know how they want to pay for 2014.
Figures have revealed the Government is set to take in €50m extra from the property tax this year, due to the number of people paying for next year's tax before Christmas.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that he has increased his property tax estimate for this year from €250m to €300m due to the numbers paying next year's property tax in advance.
The issue has been hugely controversial because people paying by credit card or debit card were given no choice but to hand over their full property tax payment before Christmas.