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'The tax authority said that those who have opted to pay the tax by annual debit instruction have until today to change to another payment arrangement' (stock photo)

'The tax authority said that those who have opted to pay the tax by annual debit instruction have until today to change to another payment arrangement' (stock photo)

'The tax authority said that those who have opted to pay the tax by annual debit instruction have until today to change to another payment arrangement' (stock photo)

Thousands of homeowners will have to pay their property tax next week after Revenue twice deferred collection of the charge.

The local property tax had originally been due in March for those who pay it in one lump sum, but the deadline was extended to May due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

It was again extended to this month, and the tax is now due next Tuesday.

The tax authority said that those who have opted to pay the tax by annual debit instruction have until today to change to another payment arrangement.

Some 177,400 people who pay it by the annual debit instruction (ADI) method will now have the amount due taken next week.

An annual debit instruction is essentially a direct debit payment that is taken from a customer's bank account once a year. It is designed to take one full payment on a specified date in the future.

Revenue said: "The number of liable persons due to have ADI's deducted from their accounts on July 21 is 177,400 in respect of just over 272,100 properties."

Already this year some 18,400 annual debt payments have been collected.

Difficulties

Revenue said it recently notified customers that the annual debit instruction payments will be deducted from bank accounts next Tuesday.

It said notifications on this will be issued through the Revenue Online Service (ROS) and by correspondence.

Asked about those who will struggle to pay, because they have lost their jobs due to Covid, had a pay cut or are on the pandemic unemployment payments, Revenue said there were options. "Revenue is making every effort to assist those who are experiencing difficulties in making their LPT [local property tax] payment for 2020," it said.

They can do this by logging on to the local property tax website and amending the payment date or payment method. To access the online system, property owners will need their unique property ID and pin numbers.

Property owners concerned about being unable to meet their tax obligations can send an enquiry through Revenue's MyEnquries online facility.

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