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Nearly 60,000 have paid household charge in past 24 hours

The Local Government Management Agency now estimates that just under 640,000 properties have registered or paid the controversial €100 tax.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who has overseen the implementation of the tax, at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Dublin last night.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who has overseen the implementation of the tax, at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Dublin last night.
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NEARLY 60,000 households have registered or paid the household charge over the past 24 hours according to the latest figures.

Figures from the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), which is overseeing the implementation of the €100 tax, show that as of 10am today 59,838 properties had registered to pay since 10am yesterday.

The total who have registered now stands at 549,509 with a further estimated 89,000 postal applications still to be processed.

This brings the notional amount for those who have paid to 638, 509 or around €64 million. The government hopes that 1.6 million properties will have registered by the deadline of midnight tonight and that it will raise €160 million through the interim tax.

After the deadline passes, those who have not paid the charge will face fines which will begin after midnight tonight with a 10 per cent surcharge along with 1 per cent interest – amounting to €111 initially.

The LGMA also said that in addition to the latest figures, 11,557 properties in total have registered for a waiver as of 4pm yesterday.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny urged people to pay the flat tax at the opening of the Fine Gael Ard Fheis last night but protesters including TDs will march on the Dublin Convention Centre today to protest against the interim tax measure.

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