Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (331)

Joe McHugh


331. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will consider equalising motor tax payments for one-off, six-month and quarterly arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10949/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

There are no plans to equalise the payment option s for motor tax. The rates of duty currently applicable to half-year and quarterly discs are 55.5% and 28.25% of the annual rate respectively. The estimated annual income from the increased charges for half-year and quarterly discs is in the region of €22 million. Were changes to be introduced to charge for these discs on a pro-rata basis, the loss in income would have to be compensated for elsewhere in the motor tax system, or through the taxation system generally.