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Revenue to collect new property tax

The taxman, and not the LGMA, will be responsible for ensuring full compliance with the tax.

Image: Andrew Michaels via Flickr/Creative Commons

DURING YESTERDAY’S FINAL Cabinet meeting before the summer break, Government ministers agreed that the Revenue Commissioners should collect the new property tax when it is introduced next year.

The Department of the Environment, which will deal with the tax, confirmed the decision this morning.

The forerunner to the property tax – the controversial household charge – was collected by the Local Government Management Agency but it has failed to gather payments from about 600,000 property owners liable for the €100 fee.

The latest figures show that less than one million homes have paid the charge with hundreds of thousands of letters sent to the remainder.

A government spokesperson indicated to reporters last night that the decision to involve the taxman was not a reflection on the LGMA’s performance but was rather deemed the most efficient and effective way to collect the proposed tax.

It is understood that further details about how the tax will be collected, how much it will be and how it will be calculated will be discussed at Cabinet level in September and October.

More: Household charge collections still €63m off target>

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