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Revenue: 9 out of 10 comply with property tax with €175m raised so far

The Revenue Commissioners says that 89 per cent of the estimated 1.96 million properties in the State that are liable for the charge have complied.

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THE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS has said that nearly nine-out-of-ten people have complied with the local property tax with some €175 million collected and €60 million more committed in phased payments.

The figures were released this afternoon with Revenue saying that 89 per cent of the estimated 1.96 million properties in the State that are liable for the charge have complied with it.

This breaks down as 1.58 million who have filed returns and 160,000 properties which are deemed to be local authority or social housing and amounts to a total of 1.74 million properties which have registered for the new tax – an 89 per cent compliance rate.

Revenue has also said that it has begun writing to householders who have not complied with the tax. They will have seven days to respond to a letter to prevent Revenue from issuing instructions to employers to deduct the the tax from their wages or pension.

“Successfully implementing the full range of payment options was the final piece in the voluntary phase of Local Property Tax,” Revenue chairman Josephine Feehily said today.

“The contribution of compliant property owners and taxpayers to the successful implementation of this tax has been really remarkable.

“Revenue owes it to them to have an equally successful compliance campaign in respect of those who did not engage and this is now underway.”.

In a regional analysis of compliance rates Donegal has the lowest compliance rate of 84 per cent while Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, North Tipperary and South Tipperary share the highest rate of 92 per cent.

Revenue has collected €27.9 million of local property tax in Dublin City. By contrast, just €819,618 has been collected in Longford. A full breakdown of each local authority’s collection rate can be found here.

Revenue also said that property owners are voluntarily starting to pay the €200 due following the abolition of the household charge – which had a much lower compliance rate – and said it expects to have an online payment facility operational for this by September.

Read: Varadkar admits property tax has contributed to Ireland’s return to recession

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