Wednesday 24 January 2018

Revenue extend property tax deadline after 70,000 call helpline

Revenue has extended the deadline for filing property tax
Revenue has extended the deadline for filing property tax
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

THE Revenue Commissioners extended the deadline for filing local property tax payment instructions online after 70,000 calls flooded its helpline this week.

About 30,000 people contacted the local property tax helpline yesterday alone, as the original deadline loomed.

The latest Revenue figures show a last-minute surge with more than 250,000 returns being filed by householders since Monday.

The body said that "due to the exceptional level of filing over the past two days, and unprecedented volume of calls to the local property tax helpline" it had decided to extend the online filing deadline until tomorrow evening.

As of 5pm yesterday, overall figures showed returns for more than 870,000 properties have been filed.

Meanwhile, the Revenue Commissioners have clarified that those who tried unsuccessfully to reach the helpline and left a message will be deemed to have met the deadline, so long as they file their return promptly when their query is resolved.

Property owners now have until 5pm tomorrow evening to file their 2014 return. This will still allow the Revenue Commissioners time to implement the individual's preferred payment option for 2014, the body said.

Irish Independent

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