Burton puts faith in easy-pay methods as Household Charge deadline looms

Burton puts faith in easy-pay methods as Household Charge deadline looms

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said that she is confident that the majority of people will pay the new Household Charge, which is due at the end of this month.

So far, around 250,000 of the 1.6 million households who are liable to pay the €100 charge have actually registered.

Minister Burton says that more easy payment methods should be made available.

"I think the critical issue is that easy-pay methods should be clear and available because I know a lot of people who had wanted to pay the tax found it difficult, particularly if they were paying in cash,"

"Not everybody is able to pay via the internet and clearly the initial payment arrangements were concentrated in that area.

"I believe the new arrangements will make it easier for people to pay."

Her comments come as the March 31 deadline for the payment of the €100 tax looms.

Minister Burton said she is confident the majority of households will pay the fee, and that it is in line with what other countries have been doing for years.

"Almost every European country, and in fact most countries in the world have some form of household charge to deal with the issue of how to pay for local services and local administration," she said.

"Ireland, in this case, is coming into line with what other countries do."

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