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Monday 19 March 2018

One million property tax letters sent

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

JUST over a million property tax letters have now been issued by the Revenue Commissioners – but fewer than 26,000 responses have been received.

Revenue began issuing letters for 1.66 million properties on March 11. It is expected that all of the letters will be issued by the second week in April.

Controversy has surrounded the process with teenagers as young as 15 among those to receive demands. The letters contain details on how to assess the value of a property and calculate their tax liability.

In an update issued by Revenue yesterday, it said that some people who are not liable to pay the tax will receive a letter.

"Because there was no existing complete register and because there will be difficulties in matching the addresses, letters will issue to tenants in a minority of cases," it said.

The update warned anyone who wrongly received the letter not to ignore it, but to notify Revenue of its mistake. In total 15,237 property tax returns have been made online while 10,145 have been made by post.

Revenue has also reported 35,846 calls to the property tax helpline and 751,679 hits to the online valuation guide.

It has also reiterated that the tax is self-assessed and Revenue estimates were not demands.

Homeowners were advised to consult websites such as, and the property price register for market value information.

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