Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Finance

Property Tax Collection

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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83. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will instruct the Revenue Commissioners to defer collection of the LPT from those affected by the Covid-19 crisis, that is, those on the pandemic unemployment payment or in the wage subsidy scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5959/20]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy is aware, I do not have the authority to instruct the Revenue Commissioners to defer the collection of any tax that is legally collectible, including Local Property Tax (LPT), from those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am, however, aware that Revenue has already deferred payment of LPT for residential property owners that meet their 2020 liability through the ‘annual debit instruction’ (ADI) payment method, from 21 March to 21 July 2020. I am also aware that Revenue has not initiated any debt collection action against LPT non-payers since the COVID-19 crisis began.

Revenue has advised me that any residential property owners that are experiencing financial difficulties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and are concerned about meeting their LPT liabilities can amend their current payment arrangement by logging on to their online account at www.ros.ie/myaccount-web/sign_in.html?execution=e1s1.

Alternatively they can engage directly with Revenue via the LPT portal on the Revenue website at or by post to LPT Branch, PO Box 1, Limerick. Revenue has assured me that it will make every effort to assist residential property owners experiencing financial difficulties to the greatest extent possible. 


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