Sent in to us today by Liam
The agency which runs the Household Tax for the Govt. has put out a press statement which is a Word doc which I’ve attached to this email. Below is a press statement from our campaign in response. Please note also:
PUBLIC MEETING this Tuesday 8pm in Kilford Arms Hotel, John St., Kilkenny
Speakers: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan TD & Clare Daly TD
Please put the word out – this is an important meeting to prepare our response to the threatening letters coming from the council and put the pressure on government politicians.
Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes Hotline: 1890 98 98 00
924,884 Properties registered for the Household Charge and €92.9 million raised to date. Householders who have not yet paid will receive reminder letters.
884,602 properties were registered for the Household Charge on or before 31st March 2012. Since this date a further 40,282 properties have been registered and paid penalties and interest of between €11 and €13 in addition to the €100 charge. 17,219 properties have been registered for waivers. €92,917,309 has been raised to date and money continues to be paid in daily. Penalties and interest continue to accrue for those properties which have yet to be registered. The County breakdown attached shows how many properties were registered in each County. The Household Charge still has approximately 17,000 applications on hand waiting resolution.
People who wish to pay the Household Charge can do so online at www.householdcharge.ie
by credit/debit card or by cheque/Postal Order/Bank Drafts at their local authority office. Or they can download forms from www.householdcharge.ie and post to Household Charge, PO Box 12168, Dublin 1.
A formal project group has been established to progress data sharing across the agencies listed in the legislation; Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR), the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), Revenue Commissioners, Social protection and ESB Networks. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) has begun the process of analysing data to identify householders who have not yet registered and paid the Household Charge.
A local authority has legislative power to bring legal proceedings for an offence. However, before any proceedings are commenced those who haven’t paid will be written to and given the opportunity to pay. Jackie Maguire, Chair of the Household Charge Project Board “encourages those homeowners who have not yet registered their properties to do so as soon as possible before additional penalties and interest charges apply”.
Jackie Maguire says “We are nearing completion of our first data set match and we anticipate that the results of this data set analyses will allow local authorities to send out their first batch of reminder letters next month to those homeowners initially identified in the data set as not having registered and paid. Over the coming months as further databases are compared, letters will issue to homeowners as they are identified, advising them of the outstanding charge on their property”.