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Saturday 21 September 2019

Over half yet to pay household tax

FIGURES RELEASED SHOW 28,856 PEOPLE PAID IN COUNTY WEXFORD

PADRIAG BYRNE

FIGURES have been published last week outlining how many people across the country have registered and paid the controversial household tax. Figures for Wexford County Council showed that 27,531 people across the county had registered and paid by the March 31 deadline.

A further 1,325 people registered and paid since the deadline, incurring penalties of between €11 and €13 on top of the €100 charge, bringing the total number of people who have paid in County Wexford to 28,856, with the total amount of money raised in the county to €2,900,241.

A total of 856 houses received waivers, bringing the total number of houses registered for the household tax in Wexford to 29,712.

Going by figures released in the 2011 Census earlier this year, the total housing stock in county Wexford stood at 68,143, meaning that when properties that are ineligible, such as derelict buildings, people on mortgage interest supplement and certain other categories, are taken out of the equation, approximately 60,000 properties in Wexford are eligible for the tax. This would imply that just over half of the properties in Wexford have yet to register for the controversial tax.

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) have warned that 'penalties and interest continue to accrue for those properties which have yet to be registered.'

A formal project group has now been established to process data across a number of agencies, such as Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR), the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), Revenue Commissioners, Social protection and ESB Networks, to establish which properties have not yet paid the household tax.

The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) has dismissed the warning letters that will be sent out as ' bullying letters'.

Gregor Kerr, spokesperson for CAHWT said: 'Politicians and political parties who think they can bully householders boycotting this tax on principle, while the speculators who crashed the economy are left untouched, will be met with fierce resistance. They would be better advised to scrap the household tax.'

People from all over Wexford gathered at Vinegar Hill in Enniscorthy over the weekend to protest against the tax.

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