Wednesday 29 January 2020

House tax agency needs more staff

Kieran Dunne

THE agency charged with collecting the controversial €100 household charge is recruiting 90 temporary workers to clear the huge backlog of registrations.

The Local Government Management Agency confirmed yesterday that extra staff would be employed for six weeks to help process more than 200,000 payments of the tax that have been sent in by post.

The move will result in staff numbers increasing from 110 at present to around 200.

Business hours will also be extended from 8am to 11pm so workers can process the 225,500 postal and local authority registrations currently on hand.

At present, there are 201,500 postal payments outstanding, while a further 24,000 local authority registrations have yet to be processed. The total number of properties registered to date is 914,932 -- far short of the 1.6 million homes required to pay the tax.

"It is hoped that the extra staff will clear the backlog as fast as possible," an LGMA spokeswoman said. "We are only temporarily doubling the numbers and extending our bureau hours."

She also said that officials had begun comparing payments against information held by the Land Registry and Private Residential Tenancies Board, which registered landlords, and the second-home tax, to identify households which have refused to pay.

"We have begun the process of sharing data with the Property Registration Authority (the Land Registry) and will also be using data from the Non-Principle Private Residence and the Private Residential Tenancies Board," she said.

The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes has criticised the move as a waste of taxpayers' money.

Irish Independent

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