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PIC: Soldier receives property tax bill for his entire barracks

Here’s a particularly unfortunate example of the difficulties in introducing a property tax with no property register…

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A SOLDIER at a major military barracks in Dublin has been given an unusual surprise – a property tax bill for the entire complex.

The soldier at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines received the request for the tax earlier this week.

The soldier posted this picture of the letter to his Facebook page, where it quickly went viral.

It wasn’t clear how much the request was – but the sheer number of bedrooms in a property in Dublin 6 would suggest the bill was a hefty one.

The letter adds to the growing list of examples where the Revenue Commissioners have sent demands for property taxes to the wrong person, after matching a database of known addresses to a database of PAYE workers.

Other examples include homes where teenagers have been sent letters, asking them to declare and disclose a value for their home, simply because they have had part-time work in the past – even though their parents, the property owners, still live on the premises.

The property is actually owned by the Department of Defence, which is responsible for the charge.

Unlike the previous household charge, properties owned by Government ministers (in a professional capacity) are not exempt from the charge – with the funds paid by the appropriate Department to the Revenue Commissioners, which in turn distributes them to local authorities and the Department of the Environment.

In this case, the soldier will be expected to contact the Revenue and outline that he is not the owner of the barracks – because failure to do so could result in the soldier being left with a hefty bill.

Read: OAP behind anti-property tax letter: Apathetic youth leaving it to ‘grey brigade’

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