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Under pressure over the second home tax? Contact your local council today

One of the councils, Cork County Council said it is already being contacted by “significant” numbers of people over the payment.

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IF YOU HAVE a second home, be warned that the deadline for paying the Non-Principal Private Residence (NPPR) levy is this Sunday.

Councils have been reminding people that making contact with their offices or the NPPR Bureau by e-mail before the deadline can freeze any additional penalties that come into effect on 1 September.

Penalties

The deadline kicks in at midnight on Sunday 31st August 2014.

People who didn’t pay any tax over the five years in which the NPPR was operational (2009 – 2013 inclusive) are liable for €4,220 in late payment penalties.

From Monday, this will jump by over €3,000 to €7,230 – and the sum owed will be frozen at that point.

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) said earlier this week that those in dire straits may be able to negotiate payment terms with their local authority – as long as they do so by today.

One of the councils, Cork County Council, said it “is aware that many more people want to clear their NPPR liabilities or enter into a payment plan arrangement to pay the monies owed” before the deadline.

Some people may need to clarify aspects of the liability and, as a consequence, significant numbers of people are making contact by telephone to Cork County Council offices. Due to the huge increase in the numbers calling Cork County Council offices, not all callers will get through and we apologise for this inconvenience.

If you can’t get through to an official in Cork County Council, it advises you should:

  • Email to – National NPPR Bureau – support@nppr.ie
  • Email to – Cork County Council – nppr@corkcoco.ie
  • Telephone – Cork County Council – 021 4285100 or 021 4285203 or 021 4285515
  • Write to – Cork County Council, NPPR Unit, County Hall, Cork

“Staff dealing with the NPPR liability will make contact as soon as possible after 1 September to make the arrangements for clearing the NPPR liability or to enter into a payment plan arrangement to pay the monies owed,” said Cork City Council.

South Dublin County Council also said that “significant numbers of people are making contact by telephone to 01 4149000″.

Due to the huge increase in the numbers calling local authority offices, not all callers will get through immediately and we apologise for this inconvenience.

It said it will deal with all cases presented to it “on an individual basis taking into account the circumstances of the property owner”.

Cavan County Council has also released details of how people can get in touch and said that not all callers will get through due to the increase in calls.

If you want to settle your NPPR liability, you can contact your local authority or visit NPPR.ie.

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