Taxman to take over household charge duty

County Manager Tim Caffrey
The taxman is to hunt down Co Longford homeowners who have yet to pay the household charge to the Co Council.

The taxman is to hunt down Co Longford homeowners who have yet to pay the household charge to the Co Council.

The issue was clarified by Longford County Manager Tim Caffrey at a recent council meeting.

At the moment, the total charge for the household tax, including penalties stands at €130. Come July 1, Mr Caffrey confirmed that overall sum will rise to €e200.

It’s envisaged the promise of Revenue collectors being ushered in will encourage a large section of those homeowners yet to pay the charge to finally do so.

The threat of additional penalties is also another feature finance heads hope will convince unpaid homeowners to come forward.

As well as greater financial implications, it’s also likely to result in difficulty for some cash strapped households being able to obtain tax clearance certificates.

Latest figures released to the Leader this week by Longford County Council show 75 per cent of homes throughout the county have paid.

This is slightly ahead of the overall national figure with almost 1.2m households or 73 per cent registering their homes for the tax.

Details of the impending transfer of powers to Revenue comes just days after renewed calls were made for local authorities to “get tough” with uncooperative ratepayers.

As revealed by the Leader last week, Longford County Council have been left with a €1m hole in water rates collection charges, leading some local politicians to speak out on the subject.

“I am a farmer myself and I pay my water rates,” said County Mayor, Cllr Sean Farrell.

Meanwhile, a Longford developer has hit back at public comments by owners of houses in his estate in relation to the property tax. The developer, Larry Keogh of Drumhatten Construction has written a letter in response to claims by homeowners in the Glasheen development in Drumlish that they should be exempt from the tax because of the current condition of the site.

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