HOMEOWNERS HAVE BEEN given until 5pm on Wednesday evening to file their property tax return and avoid penalties and charges.
Revenue has announced an extension to the deadline for making your return after 10,000 calls were made to its helpline this morning, “a huge proportion” of which related to household charge arrears.
“Property owners seem now to be acting on the fact that the Household Charge, which was initially €100 and increased to €200 last July, will only increase further to €213 by the end of April if it is ignored,” Revenue said today.
“Given the significant number of property owners who have not complied with the 2012 Household Charge and the volume of calls received this morning, the Revenue Commissioners have decided to extend the deadline until close of business Wednesday evening.”
Today had been the last day that tax payers have to pay the tax without having interest added to their bill.
From midnight, those planning on paying the tax will have interest added to their bill. If you don’t pay the bill by the 5pm deadline on Wednesday, Revenue says that you could have your wages docked.
The Revenue Commissioners will add 0.0219% each day to the tax bill, as well as interest on undervalued homes.
Mandatory deductions of the Household Charge, which was replaced by the Local Property Tax, will begin in April. Not paying the LPT can lead to problems for self-employed people, who will not be issued a tax clearance cert in the event of non-payment.
Compliance rates for last year were 93%, with nearly 90% having paid the tax up to today.
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- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell
First published 7.32am