91% compliance rate for property tax

by Staff Reporter

FINGAL residents have the second highest compliance rate for the local property tax [LPT] within the four local authorities in Dublin, with 91% registering to pay.
The figures, as of July 23, show the total amount declared to pay is €18,394,884, and according to the latest figures a total of €12,703,939 has been received to date.
The highest compliance rate out of the four local authorities in Dublin is Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with 92%. The total amount declared to pay is €25,585,927, and according to the latest figures €17,958,228 has been paid.
So far Revenue has revealed they have collected more than €175 million in LPT to date, with a further €60 million committed by way of phased payments.
On a working assumption of 1.96 million properties, Revenue say it is “a very successful compliance rate of 89%” or 1.74 million properties.
Anyone who hasn’t paid, and who is in employment or has an occupational pension, will receive a reminder letter from Revenue.
They then have seven days from the date of the letter to file their returns online to prevent Revenue issuing instructions to their employer to deduct the LPT estimate from their wages or occupational pension.
Self–employed property owners who have not complied with their LPT obligations will not qualify for a tax clearance cert.
Responding to the figures, Hartstown resident Annette Hughes of the local Campaign Against Property Tax and Austerity (CAPTA), who is running for local elections next year, commented: “We are not surprised by this figure as, given the draconian property tax law, the majority paid in fear.
“Families are being thrown into poverty with the property tax, upcoming water charges and austerity in general,” she said.
Another CAPTA member, George Hill, who is standing in the Castleknock ward, said CAPTA was proven right when it said this was not a tax for local services, but was going straight to the central Exchequer to pay bondholder debt, as revealed in a parliamentary question.
According to the Department of Finance, this year revenue from LPT income will accrue to the Exchequer as a “transitional measure” because the LPT was introduced from July 1, 2013.
“To provide this certainty and to ensure that each local authority has the funds available to provide the local services in their area, the Exchequer has already paid into the local government fund in 2013 to pay for local services,” the Department explained.
“There will be no shortfall in the LGF in 2013 as its allocation was decided upon at the start of the year.”
Income from the LPT will be paid to the local government fund in 2014, with 80% of the LPT retained in the local authority area it is raised and used to fund services from January 1 2014.
Cllr Mary McCamley (Lab) said she is happy people are paying.
“It means there is money there to allow the council to do what it wishes to do. It takes a lot of money to run the council and I think they need the revenue. I am delighted 91% have complied. Hopefully the revenue will go to proper use, and keep the councils going,” she said.
For anyone who may be having trouble paying the tax, Cllr McCamley is urging them to get in touch with the council to find out what options they have.

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