Monday 27 January 2020

Over 15,000 a day register homes for property tax

Second hand homes have become almost 10 per cent more expensive over the last year, new figures show
Second hand homes have become almost 10 per cent more expensive over the last year, new figures show

Paul Melia

MORE than 15,000 people a day are registering to pay the property tax.

New figures from the Revenue Commissioners show that 67,500 made tax returns between Tuesday and yesterday, but the vast bulk of people have yet to sign up.

Just 400,000 of the 1.66 million liable households – one in four – have informed the taxman of how much they owe.

The figures come in advance of a deadline next Tuesday for homeowners who planned to lodge a return by post to do so.

Four in every 10 property tax returns have been made by post so far. After May 7, all must be made online.

Meanwhile, the Revenue Commissioners have issued a fresh warning to liable homeowners not to wait to receive a form before registering.

Manager of the property tax project, Vivienne Dempsey, said people should file their return online. Those who fail to register will have the tax deducted from their salaries, bank accounts or social welfare payments.

"At this stage, if you haven't received a return, go online," she told RTE. There was a special provision on Revenue's website under 'I have not received a property PIN', she said.

Irish Independent

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