Councils paying tax on their own properties ‘doesn’t make sense’

by Gazette Reporter
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Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has commented on information received from South Dublin County Council which shows that it has spent €5.5m on local property tax for its social housing stock over the past seven years.

He said: “South Dublin County Council confirmed to me in response to a query I submitted that between 2013 and 2020 the council has spent over €5 million euro on the local property tax for its social housing stock.

“According to Revenue local authorities are liable to pay the tax on their properties in the same way as any other residential property owner. It doesn’t make sense for local authorities to fork out up to €800,000 annually.

“They are paying into a fund for local services instead of just spending that money directly on local amenities.

“This money could have been better spent putting money back into Dublin Mid-West and spending it on essential local services such as, public parks, libraries, open spaces and leisure amenities’’

“I have written to the Minister for Finance urging him to amend the legislation and remove social housing from the LPT.”

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