Three pay at least €30k in household charges

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has confirmed that three property owners have each paid between €30,000 and €40,000 as a result of the controversial €100 household charge.

The three own between 300 and 400 properties that were liable for the charge and Mr Hogan has stated that a further four property owners have paid between €20,000 and €30,000 with 29 paying between €10,000 and €20,000 in connection to the charge.

In a written Dáil response to Gerald Nash TD (Labour), Mr Hogan said in figures provided by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), a further 103 property owners have paid between €5,000 and €10,000.

Mr Hogan confirmed that 548,228 property owners have paid the €100 on one home, with 88,255 paying the property charge for two to 10 homes.

The minister further confirmed that 1,262 had paid the tax on between 11 and 20 homes, with 279 paying the levy on between 21 and 30 homes, while a further 123 paid between €3,100 and €4,000 on the 31 to 40 homes they own.

Mr Hogan also confirmed that 62 property owners paid between €4,100 and €5,000 each.

Earlier this month in the Dáil, Mr Hogan said that 57% of households had paid the charge.

This showed that 940,000 people had paid the charge, with a further 660,000 payments outstanding.

He said: “Ultimately, people must decide if they want to comply with the law or not, and if they do not comply with the law, they face litigation.”

Mr Hogan insisted he would not introduce exemptions for those who had not paid.

They would continue to be charged in line with the legislation passed by the Oireachtas, he said.

An estimated 1.6m properties were eligible for the charge, which was expected to generate about €160m to go towards local authority funding.

With a 57% take-up, that would suggest that less than €92m has been collected to date.

Separate Department of the Environment figures show that only 24,098 people have paid penalties for late payment of the charge so far, despite the large numbers who missed the deadline.

The late payment penalties have so far raised €267,039.


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