Saturday 18 January 2020

Tax letters issued to deceased

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

HOMEOWNERS have been left distressed after receiving letters from the Revenue seeking property tax from dead relatives.

Meanwhile, others have received a shock after they were informed that, rather than doubling as expected, their property tax bill for 2014 will be seven times what they paid in 2013.

These are among the errors made by the Revenue Commissioners as it writes to 960,000 householders asking them how they plan to pay their property tax due for next year.

And householders experienced lengthy delays of up to 45 minutes as they sought to contact a special Revenue property tax helpline following the bank holiday weekend.

Callers to RTE's 'Liveline' told how elderly relatives received Revenue letters in the name of their long-deceased loved ones.

A spokeswoman for Revenue said it was precluded from commenting on specific cases.

"However, we are aware that in a very small number of cases, individuals omitted to tick the relevant self-assessed valuation band when completing the Local Property Tax (LPT) return in May even though they may have fully completed the payment method section of the return.

"In such circumstances, the LPT system will have deducted the amount of the Revenue estimate for 2013. Consequently, the estimate amount for a full year will be included on the LPT payment method letter issued recently," she added.

Irish Independent

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