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Household charge collections still €63m off target

Around 39 per cent of the estimated 1.6 million households in the country have not yet registered to pay the charge.

Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes pictured on 5 July
Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes pictured on 5 July
Image: Photocall Ireland

ALMOST FORTY PER cent of households have not yet registered to pay the household charge, which represents a shortfall of €63 million in the total amount expected to be raised.

Of the estimated 1.6 million households in the country an estimated 986,676 have registered to pay the charge. A total of 962,283 have made the payment, there are 6,400 applications awaiting the resolution of queries, and 17,993 have registered for a waiver.

Sixty-one per cent of payments have been processed online, with the remainder coming via cheque, postal order, bank draft or credit/debit card payment.

Authorities began sending out reminder letters about non-payment of the €100 tax at the start of the month, and over 100,000 have been issued. However a number of complaints have been registered with the Local Government Management Agency  - 1,800 in the first week – after people who had already paid the charge received reminders.

Of the €160 million expected to be generated by the collection of the household charge, €96,894,986 has been received by the LGMA, the bureau in charge of processing the payment.

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