Seanad debates

Friday, 16 July 2021

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages

 

9:30 am

Photo of Alice-Mary HigginsAlice-Mary Higgins (Independent)

I move amendment No. 7:

In page 21, between lines 28 and 29, to insert the following:

"Report 41. The Minister shall, by 1 December 2022, lay a report before both Houses of the Oireachtas setting out policy options and recommendations in respect of the potential introduction, under the Principal Act or the Act of 1997, of a new levy or tax, or an increase in levy or tax in respect of residential properties which are vacant for a period longer than 12 months.".

Iwill be very brief because I am keen to finish the set of amendments. Amendments Nos. 7 and 9 basically relate to the same question on the vacant property tax and to the idea that the Minister would provide a report by December 2022, although I hope it would be sooner. Ideally, we should be looking at having a report next autumn. It is asking the Minister to make a commitment. I would like to revise my own amendment and ask that the report would be laid before both Houses by next December. I ask that the Minister commits to actively engage with both Houses of the Oireachtas and the committees in respect of the vacant property tax in the next 12-month period. I will be brief in order that we can move to the other subject matters.

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