Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (73)

Seán Fleming


73. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Finance if a person may pay the local property tax by cheque to the Revenue Commissioners/Collector General. [18116/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the Collector-General will accept payment by cheque of Local Property Tax (LPT) from owners of a single property. The LPT legislation provides that owners of multiple properties must file their LPT returns and pay their LPT online so cheque payment is not an option for this category of liable persons. In circumstances where a single property owner chooses to pay by cheque, he/she should ensure to complete the LPT Return, attach a cheque for the full amount and send it to LPT Branch, P.O. Box 1, Limerick. I draw the Deputy’s attention to the Single Debt Authority (SDA) option, which Revenue has developed as part of its suite of flexible payment methods designed to make payment of LPT as easy and user friendly as possible. The SDA, which operates like an ‘electronic cheque’, will not be deducted by Revenue from the person’s bank account before 21 July 2013. Any owner of a single property wishing to avail of the SDA option should simply complete the payslip at the bottom of the LPT 1 Return and send it to LPT Branch, P.O. Box 1, Limerick.