Thursday 18 January 2018

Urban dwellers paying more househould charges

Gordon Deegan

HOUSEHOLDERS in urban Dun Laoghaire Rathdown remain the most conscientious in the country at paying the household charge.

New figures provided by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan show that the compliance rate at the Dublin local authority is 84pc.

This compares to Donegal county having the lowest compliance rate at 54pc.

In a written Dail response to Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen, Mr Hogan provided figures showing that the households have paid out €105m on the charge.

The figures show that the compliance rate at Kerry Co Council and Mayo Council is also high at 72pc.

The figures show that out of 1.62 million homes liable for the tax, one million have paid, with waivers applied to 21,140.

The overall compliance rate across the country is 66pc.

Separate figures provided by Mr Hogan show that the less controversial 'second home' or Non Principal Private Residence Tax remains a lucrative tax for the Government.

According to Mr Hogan, the NPPR tax has taken €288.8m since it was introduced in 2009.

The figures for this year show that the tax has so far generated €67.3m. This compares to €71.3m for 2011 and €74.5m for 2010. Dublin City Council is the largest generator of the tax, with €12.4m taken in in 2012.

Next nearest is Cork County, at €5.4m, with Fingal Co Council generating €3.3m.

In response to a Dail question from independent TD Shane Ross about whether the rates will be introduced if both charges are abolished, Mr Hogan said: "An independently-chaired Inter-Departmental Expert Group was established to consider the structures and modalities for an equitable Local Property Tax to replace the household charge.

"The Expert Group's terms of reference were to consider the design of a Local Property Tax to be approved by Government, which is equitable and is informed by previous work and international experience.

"The Group submitted its report to me and proposals will be brought to Government as soon as possible. It would not be appropriate to comment at this point, pending Government's consideration of the report and the associated issues.

"It will then be a matter for the Government to decide on the exact details of implementation, including considerations related to the Non Principal Private Residences Charge.

"The Government has decided that the Local Property Tax will be collected and administered by the Revenue Commissioners."

Irish Independent

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