Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (167)

Dan Neville

Ceist:

167. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding payments for household charges and property tax in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [20922/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that with effect from 1 July 2013, Section 156 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended) converted arrears of Household Charge (HHC) to Local Property Tax (LPT), increased the liability from €100 to €200 per property and made Revenue responsible for its collection.

As part of Revenue's recent HHC compliance programme, property owners whose records indicated that the liability had not been paid were notified of the outstanding charge and advised to either pay within a specified period of time or confirm the reasons as to why the liability was not due.

In regard to the specific case to which the Deputy refers, Revenue has confirmed to me that a member of the LPT team has already made direct contact with the person in question and explained the background to the €200 HHC liability to him. The team member also outlined the various options available to him including, deferral, partial deferral and payment alternatives. The person confirmed that he did not want to avail of any deferral in regard to either LPT, which is fully paid for both 2013 and 2014, or HHC. On foot of the discussions arrangements have been put in place for the person to meet his HHC liability through a series of phased payments to one of the approved LPT Payment Service Providers.