Oireachtas to grill Revenue chief over property tax row

The chairman of the Revenue Commissioners will be asked to account for the ongoing property tax controversy in the Oireachtas today after a slight relaxation of its pre-payment deadline.

The Revenue resisted calls for it to scrap its pre-Christmas deadline for up-front payments of the 2014 property tax bill. Yesterday it announced that those filing paper-based returns had an extra week to send in their payment details.

Postal returns will now have to be with the Revenue by Nov 14, instead of today. Internet payments will still be accepted until Nov 27. Those who do not wish to pay up front will have until Nov 27 to decide whether they want to settle their 2014 account by direct debit, a single account debit on Mar 21 or have it stopped from wages or welfare.

Revenue has already taken out adverts to try to explain away the confusing aspects of the letter it issued last month.

Chairman of the Oireachtas finance committee, Ciarán Lynch, said the head of the Revenue, Josephine Feehily, will need to provide answers about the concerns of people who were taken by surprise by the letters.

“There has been much confusion and concern in relation to letters sent to households for next year’s property tax, with ambiguity around the various payment options offered and deadline for payment.

“The chairman of the Revenue Commissioners should allow for the existing concerns and ambiguities to be cleared up in time for the new deadline,” he said.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 3pm.

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