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40 hours to go until property tax deadline

Around 1.1 million homeowners have so far paid the charge.

Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

THE DEADLINE FOR filing local property tax returns is drawing close with just 40 hours left for homeowners to pay the charge.

An estimated 1.1 million people have so far paid the tax, with more than 30,000 homeowners a day returning their property tax forms as the deadline loomed.

The deadline for filing returns on the internet is midnight on Tuesday night, while the deadline for filing paper returns was earlier this month. Around two-thirds of property owners have paid the charge electronically, with the remaining third paying by letter.

The Revenue Commissioners have extended the opening hours of the property tax telephone helpline until 10pm tonight and tomorrow, which, they say, will be the peak filing period.

Revenue have said the onus is on property owners to file their return in time.

Spokesperson Vivienne Dempsey told Newstalk that they expect today and tomorrow to be the busiest two days with a “significant influx of returns” anticipated.

A target of about 80 per cent had been set out at the start of the collection campaign and figures so far are “roughly in line” with it.

She advised homeowners not to delay, adding there was “no excuse” for those who miss the deadline.

“There is an inevitability of collection this tax, about paying this tax,” she added, noting that the property cannot be sold until it is paid as it is a charge that remains.

-Additional reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll

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