Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (407)

Pearse Doherty


407. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the revenue that could be raised for the State if the second home tax was retained and increased to €300 per house. [30651/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 broadened the revenue base of local authorities by introducing a charge on non-principal private residences. The self-assessed charge is set at €200 and liability for it falls, in the main, on owners of rental, holiday and vacant properties.

I understand that the Non Principal Private Residence Charge has raised €73.2m in respect of 2012 liabilities to date, a portion of which has been collected in 2013. As such, were the Charge to continue to operate in 2014 and if it were to be set at €300, I would anticipate revenue in excess of €100m. However, 2013 will be the final year of the operation of the Charge.

The Local Property Tax is being introduced on a half year basis this year and accordingly 50% of the Tax is payable in 2013. From 2014, the Tax will operate on a full year basis.