Saturday 24 March 2018

Revenue sends property tax bill to teens with part-time jobs

Emma Timmins from Balbriggan in Dublin with her property tax letter
Emma Timmins from Balbriggan in Dublin with her property tax letter
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

FURTHER questions about how the Revenue Commissioners are collecting the property tax have emerged after two 19-year-olds with part-time jobs received bills.

Tim Feehan, from Blarney, Co Cork, and Emma Timmins, from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, received demands for payment in recent days but said they will not correct the taxman's mistake.

The development comes after the Irish Independent revealed last weekend that a 15-year-old girl living in Dublin had received a bill demanding payment.

Questions have also emerged about the value being placed on people's homes by Revenue, and a decision by the Government that thousands of people living in unfinished housing developments will be liable for the tax.

Revenue has repeatedly said that some people would receive a tax demand in error, as they were sourcing homeowners' identities from a number of different databases in the absence of a property ownership register.

But Mr Feehan, a student who holds a part-time job, and Ms Timmins, who works less than 20 hours a week in a local pub, said they cannot understand how they were targeted for payment.

Both said they would not advise the Revenue Commissioners that they were not liable for the charge, because it would oblige them to "snitch" on their parents.

The pair will join a protest by the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes outside Dail Eireann today.

Irish Independent

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