March deadline for property tax

If you haven’t paid your local property tax or household charge or undervalued your house for the property tax, you have until the end of March to rectify matters.

The Revenue Commissioners have announced that householders have until April to make sure they are fully compliant with the tax. From April onwards, interest will be charged on any outstanding property tax (LPT) and any arrears in household charge bills.

But compliance with the LPT has been high with 93% of householders paying last year’s six month charge. So far this year, 82% of people have nominated their preferred means to pay this year’s tax.

From April, any interest and arrears in LPT and household charge deductions will be taken via mandatory deductions from wages and occupational pensions. In certain cases, if necessary, the Revenue Commissioners will send details of outstanding bills to debt collection services and enforcement agencies, including to local sheriffs.

LPT project manager Vivienne Dempsey said most of the outstanding LPT correspondence has been worked through and by the end of March they will be focussing on compliance.

“By the end of March we expect to have the remaining 40,000 items of LPT correspondence cleared and to have finished the automated matching of the Household Charge register from the LGMA with our LPT register. LPT staff will then be increasingly assigned to tackling LPT non-compliance,” she said.

Already, 190,000 reminder letters have been issued for unpaid taxes and over 29,000 mandatory deductions have been initiated from wages and pensions. Some 3,500 tax clearance certificates have been refused and over 6,700 income tax surcharges applied

So far, €242m has gone to the Exchequer from last year’s six month LPT. Another €110m has been taken in for this year’s liability and this will rise as staggered payments are made.

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