Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2018 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 9 - Office of the Revenue Commissioners
Chapter 17 - Tax compliance interventions
Chapter 18 - Tax relief on film production

9:00 am

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail)
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Mr. Cody can send us a note. I have several questions in a similar vein. Under note 3, the local property tax, LPT, collection figure of €488 million is broken down. For example, there is €25 million for the household charge, which was €100 and which is from seven years ago, and the LPT arrears for 2012 to 2017. Why, six years later, are we collecting LPT that was not collected in 2012? How was it left outstanding for six years? Mr. Cody is going to give us a breakdown in writing of the €25 million between arrears of local property tax for each of the years, and I do not expect him to have the detail now. I want to know how much of that €25 million was for the household charge. What I do know is that when people come to sell their property, there is a letter asking whether they have paid their household charge, and I believe €7,000 is the figure they have to cough up if they never paid it. Mr. Cody might send us a note. I have heard of people being caught for a figure like €7,000. Mr. Cody might remember there was a big rush and there were major penalties if people did not pay it. Revenue is probably just collecting it on the basis of property being sold where there is a query from the solicitor as to whether the household charge was paid, and it can be up to €7,000. Am I right in that?