€47m in household charge still unpaid

€47m in household charge still unpaid

The Government has yet to collect the controversial €100 household charge from over 470,000 homes across the country, new figures have revealed.

The failure or refusal by property owners to pay the tax represents a loss of over €47 million in tax revenues.

An estimated 472,638 properties are still liable to pay the €100.

In the up-to-date data, provided in response to a written Dail question by Eamon O Cuiv, Minister Hogan confirmed that the national compliance rate with the charge is 70.84%.

Minister Hogan revealed that 1,125,222 have paid the charge out of the estimated 1,620,814 properties that are liable.

The property owners who paid up have generated €112m in revenue for the Government.

Minister Hogan confirmed that 22,954, or 2%, of homes have obtained a waiver and are not liable for the charge.

The figures show that the highest compliance rate is in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council area, where 86.55% have paid.

The south Dublin local authority has by far the highest compliance rate in the country — and is the only one above 80%.

The second-highest rate of compliance is in the Taoiseach’s Mayo constituency, where a compliance rate of 79.28% is recorded.

In spite of the relatively high figure, Mayo County Council became the first local authority to institute District Court proceedings last year against a number of property owners who had not paid the tax.

The data shows that Donegal County Council continues to have the lowest rate of compliance in the country — yet to reach 60% compliance.

The figures show a 58.53% compliance rate in the county, with the household charge yet to be paid on 27,095 properties.

In a separate Dail response to Deputy Patrick O’Donovan, Minister Phil Hogan confirmed that 45,460 had either paid the €100 charge — or secured a waiver — in the final two months of last year.

The hugely controversial household charge is to be replaced by the Local Property Tax this year.

This will see homeowners pay a tax based on the market value of their properties and will be payable from July 1.

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