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You can now pay the local property tax via... a vending machine

The three approved payment service providers are An Post TaxPay, Payzone and Omnivend.

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AN IRISH TECHNOLOGY company has installed more than 250 kiosks around the country, via which house holders can pay their local property tax.

Omnivend has made the service available in retail stores throughout Ireland, where payments can be lodged at any time.

The vending machine operator is one of three approved payment service providers, as outlined in a response to a Parliamentary Question by Independent TD Mattie McGrath.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that those willing to pay in cash could use “one of three approved payment service providers, who are An Post TaxPay, Payzone and Omnivend.”

“I am further advised by the Commissioners that it was not possible to include the names of the three payment service providers on the LPT Return or in the booklet, as negotiations with these service providers were still ongoing when these documents were being produced,” Noonan said.

Fees

Paying the LPT by cash does carry an additional charge, however.

While An Post charges of a fee of €1 for each weekly LPT payment, Payzone charges 75 cent for the same transaction. Paying via a kiosk, however, results in an additional weekly charge of seven cent.

Omnivend’s managing director Fiona Dowd said that the service allowed home owners to pay an amount that suited them, either weekly or monthly.

“At the end of each transaction you receive a receipt for your payment which will also be your proof of payment,” she said.

Read: Revealed: The 7 TDs who say they won’t pay the property tax >

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