Property Tax is a good thing, but only one type of it.

We had an opinion piece in the Sunday Times this week in the ‘Money’ section, it was about property tax and the different types that the state have to choose from, property tax could be a very beneficial option for Ireland but only if it is implemented correctly and done on the correct basis, otherwise it just becomes straightforward ‘revenue raising’.

You can read the article by clicking on the image to the left, which is the .pdf version of the text below:

Everybody hates the idea of a property tax—except me. I believe it is the solution to much of what went wrong in Ireland and it could have prevented many of our present and future economic ills. The only caveat is that we must have a corresponding reduction in income taxes. Otherwise it would merely be another form of revenue raising by the government.

There are three options the state could choose from—a property tax, which includes …

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Property Tax 2009: non-principal private residencies €200

The Local Government Act 2009 introduced a €200 annual charge for owners on non-principal private residences

The charge applies mainly to owners of private rental property and holiday homes.  It also applies to vacant residential property unless newly built but unsold (handy if you are a developer, lousy if you are the owner of a newly un-lettable gaff).  Liability to pay the charge is assessed by the owners themselves.  Ownership of a non-principal private residence on the ‘liability date’ (31st July 2009) determines liability to pay the €200 charge.

Payment is due by 30th September 2009. A €20 per month late payment fee will apply from 1st November in respect of each month for which payment is overdue. This bit is interesting – because normally surcharges and penalties for any unpaid tax are much much lower, this amounts to an ongoing 10% fine for every month – while €20 may not seem excessive, it is certainly (when viewed in percentage terms) extreme. Especially given that there is not much being published …

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