Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (130)

David Cullinane

Question:

130. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Finance the administrative costs including cost of collection and collection of arrears of the household charge that were borne by the Revenue Commissioners in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53081/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Section 156 of the Finance Local Property Tax Act 2012 (as amended) converted all arrears of Household Charge (HHC) that were outstanding on 1 July 2013 to Local Property Tax (LPT), increased the amount due to €200, and made Revenue responsible for collection.

The administrative costs in respect of HHC are incorporated into the overall cost of administering LPT and are not separately costed. The total administrative cost of LPT for 2013 and 2014 (start-up years) was €27m and €20m respectively while each subsequent year (2015 to 2018) averaged €13m.

For the Deputy’s information, the following table (1st row) sets out the total amounts of LPT, including HHC arrears, collected by Revenue each year from commencement in 2013 to 2018. The table (2nd row) also separately sets out the amounts of HHC collected each year.

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

LPT – Total   Collection (including HHC)

€309m

€477m

€482m

€462m

€478m

€483m

HHC Component

€2m

€45m

€13m

€6m

€3m

€2m