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Sunday 20 October 2019

Extra staff added ahead of property tax scramble

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

THE Revenue Commissioners are putting extra staff on duty this weekend to cope with the late surge of homeowners registering ahead of the property tax deadline.

Additional staff will be working on the website to ensure it doesn't crash and a helpline will be open for longer hours.

Half a million homeowners still have to register ahead of next Tuesday's deadline.

With just four days to go until the Local Property Tax deadline for registration, 1.1 million homeowners have now completed the registration.

Revenue is used to a surge of activity in the run-up to deadlines and has put contingency plans in place to ensure no glitches in the system for those who wish to register.

"Revenue will employ its usual extended ICT support arrangements for the Local Property Tax filing peak, as it routinely does for other tax calendar peaks such as Income Tax Pay and File," a spokesperson said.

Although the deadline relates to online registration, Revenue also allows homeowners to register over the phone.

Returns can be filed by logging onto LPT Online from www.revenue.ie using the property ID and PIN and following the simple instructions.

In the case of homeowners who haven't received a return, they are still liable for the tax and must file a return.

Those homeowners can file online at revenue.ie by clicking on the "I have not received a Property PIN" tab or over the phone by ringing 1890 200 255.

Any queries or assistance on filing the return can be dealt with by contacting the LPT helpline on 1890 200 255.

The opening hours for the LPT Helpline are being extended during the peak filing period:

* Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

* Monday from 8am to 10pm.

* Tuesday from 8am to 10pm.

Irish Independent

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