Tuesday 20 February 2018

Unpaid household charge will be added to property tax

Charlie Weston Personal Finance Editor

THE household charge has increased to €200 and it will be added on to the property tax bill for those who did not pay.

The Revenue Commissioners yesterday took over the collection of the household charge, with the amount due now double the original amount. Some 337,000 households have yet to pay the controversial charge, according to the Department of Environment.

A total of 1.28 million households had either paid it or have been granted a waiver.

The charge was €100 when it was introduced for last year. But the amount due has risen in stages for those who have not paid.

Tax officials said they would now start to use enforcement options. These include deducting the money from people's wages, pensions or social welfare. Sheriffs are also set to be used to collect the value of the payment and court orders.

Revenue said interest and penalties might also apply on top of the €200 figure. This could see the amount due climbing to €300.

The tax authority is developing its own register of residential properties drawn from a range of sources – including a household-charge database compiled by the Local Government Management Agency, data from gas and electricity companies, and other sources.

The controversial household charge of €100 was imposed on those with residential property in 2012 to fund local services.

No new amount of household charge is due this year. Instead the local property tax (LPT) for half of the year is due from this month.

Irish Independent

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