Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Department of Finance
Property Tax Review
The review I initiated of the Local property Tax (LPT) has been completed by the Department of Finance in conjunction with the Departments of the Taoiseach, Public Expenditure & Reform and Housing, Planning & Local Government and the Revenue Commissioners, and was published in April (available at www.gov.ie/en/publication/1e5c76-review-of-local-property-tax/). In accordance with its terms of reference, the review focused on the impact of house price movements on LPT liabilities under a series of scenarios involving different rate and tax band structures.
However, against a background of significant but geographically uneven increases in residential property price levels I believe it is necessary to engage in further consultation to identify a scenario that would deliver on the condition I set that there should be relative stability for all taxpayers in their LPT liabilities and that any increases should be modest, affordable and fair.
Having considered the findings of the review report, I decided to defer the valuation date from 1st November 2019 to 1st November 2020, and this was effected by S.I. No. 166/2019. This will give sufficient time for the Budgetary Oversight Committee to consider the review report in the context of the Committee’s recommendations in its report on LPT of 21 March 2018. Importantly, as a result of my decision, the LPT bills of those liable for the tax will not be increasing in 2020.
I met with the Committee in June and began what I hope will be a constructive process of engagement.
In order to bring this matter forward, we will need to introduce legislation. Amendments to the LPT legislation are separate from the Finance Bill process as they involve local rather than national taxation.