The €200 property tax that applies to all owners of a second home was passed as part of The Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009 in the Seanad yesterday.
On July 1st the bill was introduced to the Seanad and was expected to be passed by the end of the month. At that time there was no definite date as to when owners would be expected … to pay the tax although it was clear payments would start in the 2009 tax year. As of yesterday a deadline date of September 30th has been set for all owners of a second property to cough up the tax payment to the government.
Come the 31st of July property owners are liable for the tax. The onus is on you, the homeowner to come forward and pay the tax. On the upside you will be able to pay online from July 31st. Also beware! Although you might not want to pay the tax a late payment fee of €20 a month will be charged if the tax is not paid a month after it is due.