Wednesday 29 January 2020

Q & A on the property tax

THE deadline for filing property tax returns is midnight tonight, but properties can only be registered online through the Revenue Commissioners' website.

 

The deadline will not be extended. Anyone who fails to register faces the prospect of being audited by the taxman.

Here, we provide a guide on how to pay the tax.

What do I need to do today?

If you are one of the 460,000 people who have yet to register for the property tax but plan to do so, it's best you get a move on.

What happens if I don't register?

You run the risk of falling onto the Revenue Commissioners' radar, an organisation which has promised to collect the money from more than 90pc of all liable homeowners.

How will they find me?

Using a wide variety of data sources, including evidence of social welfare payments, details of those who paid the Household Charge, data from utility companies – there's no end to the volume of information open to the taxman.

So what should I do?

It's no longer possible to make a return by post, so the only option open is to file a return online through www.revenue.ie.

What do I need?

You should have received a letter from Revenue which includes a Property ID and PIN. Log on to LPT online and follow the instructions. You need your PPS number or tax reference number, along with your Revenue PIN and Property ID number, to complete the process.

I can't use a computer. What should I do now?

Call the LPT helpline on 1890 200 255. If calling from abroad or from a mobile, the number is 00353 1 702 3049, and the helpline is open from 8am to midnight today, and between 9am and 5pm for the rest of the week. A member of the customer service team will file your return online.

I have no phone. Any other alternatives?

You can also nominate another person to file your return for you, or you can visit your local Revenue office.

What if I didn't get a letter from Revenue?

Tough. You're still liable for the self-assessed tax and must file a return. Contact the helpline or file online.

I'm very busy today. Can I file tomorrow?

The extended deadline closes today and you would be advised to file before midnight. Otherwise, you will be liable for interest payments of up to 8pc.

Irish Independent

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