THE HOUSEHOLD CHARGE was introduced in the last Budget as a temporary measure to prepare Irish homeowners for the introduction of a property tax.
Despite indications that property tax is being introduced in 2013, Labour Party chairman Colm Keaveney has told the Irish Independent that if it is not possible to introduce the tax system in time, the household charge should be increased temporarily until it is put in place.
About 1 million of an estimated 1.6 million eligible households have so far paid the €100 household charge. (The deadline for this year’s payment was 31 March.) Tax experts have estimated that, based on the revenue property tax is expected to generate, the average homeowner will pay €300 in property tax.
What do you think? If it came down to it, would you rather see a flat-rate household charge in place again next year, or the introduction of a graduated-scale property tax?