While we may have a year to prepare before a property tax and water charges are introduced and in full swing by the end of 2011, 2010 is not immune and householders will not escape the brunt of more charges.
The Revenue Commissioners have asked all local authorities for a list of all goods and … services they provide to the public or to businesses at a cost, so they can be assessed for VAT at either 13.5 or 21%.
This means householders in all parts of the State who use local authority services for their waste collection are likely to face an increase in charges of up to 21%. Also included on the line up to face a hike are car parks, swimming pools, sports grounds and commercial water use.
The VAT changes are due to be included in the Finance Bill 2010 published next March or April and reports suggest that the changes are likely to be implemented by July.
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- More Household charges: Are these proposed VAT charges on local authority services fair?