Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ceisteanna (57)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

57. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Finance the number of cases that incurred a local property tax generated surcharge in each year since the local property tax was introduced; the amount of such surcharges; the amounts actually paid in respect of these on an annual basis; the breakdown of the surcharge generated with regard to income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24669/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

Section 38 of the Finance (Local Property Tax Act) 2012 (as amended) provides that property owners who fail to meet their LPT obligations will be subject to a tax-geared surcharge when filing an Income Tax (IT), Corporation Tax (CT) or Capital Gains Tax (CGT) return.

The surcharge is set at 10% of the appropriate IT, CT, or CGT liability to a maximum of €63,485 and is in addition to the actual LPT liability plus any interest arising on foot of late payment. The surcharge is imposed from the date the IT, CT or CGT return is filed. Under certain conditions the surcharge can be reduced to the total amount of LPT outstanding. These conditions include situations where the surcharge amount is higher than the outstanding LPT liability, where the property owner files the LPT return or pays the outstanding liability either in full or on a phased basis.

Revenue has advised me that up to 55,000 surcharges have been raised since the commencement of LPT, but almost 70% of these were mitigated following remedial action by the property owners. The information requested by the Deputy is set out as follows:

The total values of surcharges ultimately applied (for all years) are:

IT - €5.7 million

CT - €410,000

The surcharge payments collected are classified as IT, CT or CGT as appropriate and are not included in the LPT receipts. The total values of surcharge payments received to date are:

IT:  €4.4 million

CT: €294,000

A yearly breakdown on the total value of surcharges and the CGT surcharge value and payments data are not available at this time but will be provided to the Deputy as soon as possible.

The following Table sets out the number of cases for which surcharges have been raised.  For the majority of ‘CGT Assessment’ cases, surcharges were also applied under IT or CT.

Year

No. of IT cases

No. of CT cases

No of CGT Assessments

 

 

 

 

2013

6,909

264

88

2014

9,371

328

107

2015

10,346

322

161

2016

8,390

343

181

2017

8,919

387

188

2018

6,238

164

202

2019 (To   April)

1,820

62

72

Total

51,993

1,870

999