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Details of 5,100 property tax exemptions to be published tomorrow

While 43,000 households were exempted from last year’s household charge, only 5,100 households have been exempted from the local property tax.

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan (file photo)
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan (file photo)
Image: Wanderley Massafelli/Photocall Ireland

DETAILS OF THE the 5,100 households that are eligible for an exemption under section 10 of the Finance Local Property Tax Act 2011 are to be published online from tomorrow.

The annoucement was made today by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan, as households throughout the country continue to receive letters for the local property tax (LPT).

While the list of exemptions which applied to last year’s household charge were determined based on the 2011 National Housing Development Survey, exemptions from the LPT are based on its 2012 equivalent.

Whereas the waiver list for the household charge contained 1,322 developments, and approximately 43,000 households, the waiver from payment of the property tax will apply to only 421 developments, or approximately 5,100 households.

Minister Hogan said that “the number of properties eligible for a waiver reflects the progress made in tackling unfinished housing developments, as well as the more objective approach to categorisation applied to the 2012 National Housing Development Survey.”

I would urge people not to assume that just because they were eligible for a waiver from the household charge they will be eligible for an exemption from the local property tax. The list has changed substantially reflecting the improvements made by local authorities in resolving problems in unfinished housing developments.
There is plenty of information out there. People can contact their local authority or check the local authority website for the list of developments to which the exemption.

The locations and boundaries of developments which remain exempt from the local property tax can be accessed from www.revenue.ie and the websites of the relevant local authorities from tomorrow.

Read: Revenue’s property tax calculator ‘adding to distress of homeowners’ >

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