113,000 pay levy for two to 10 homes

More than 113,000 people have registered and paid the household charge for between two and 10 properties.

Figures also show that one person paid for over 400 properties while several others registered for hundreds each.

The figures emerge as homeowners get a half year reprieve from the €100 household levy until the full property tax begins in July.

All those who still have not paid will continue to be pursued by local authorities.

As officials compile end of year figures, it has emerged 113,311 have registered for the charge for between two and 10 properties. This means they will have paid anything between €400 and €2,800 in property charges.

This relates not only to the €100 household charge fee, but the additional €200 for the second home tax.

The Department of Environment figures also show one landlord paid for over 400 properties — a tax bill of at least €120,000.

The department figures also show two people paid charges for between 300 and 400 properties. Another four individuals have paid the household charge for between 201 and 300 properties.

A 70-year-old man is currently challenging the validity of the household charge in the courts. He claims the levy is “unlawful, unconstitutional, and a human rights violation”.

The Mayo man is one of a number of people who have been brought before the courts over non-payment of the charge.

To date, about 1.126m properties have registered for the levy, which includes 22,334 waivers, and €113.35m has been coll-ected from the charges.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said last week that owners who have not paid but who pay by April will have the arrears and the fee capped at €130.

However the charge and arrears will be increased to €200 from Jul 1, when Revenue will be given powers to pursue non-payers when they take over collection of the property tax.

Other department figures reveal 35 people have paid for between 101 and 200 properties.


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