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Incorrect Family Home Tax bills leading to chaos and confusion – Stanley

26 March, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on environment, community and local government Brian Stanley TD has today said that the issuing of incorrect family home tax bills is causing mass confusion and worry.

Raising the issue in the Dáil today, Deputy Stanley said;

“My office has been inundated with calls from households who have received local property tax letters with an over inflated valuation of the house. I have also received calls from local authority tenants who received bills demanding equally large payments. But local authority tenants are not liable for the property tax.

“Houses in Portlaoise are being put into the band of €150,000 to €200,000. This is over valuing the properties. The most recent houses sold were sold for between €95,000 and €120,000.

“The Revenue Commissioners have used a blunt instrument of districts and post codes to decide, wrongly, what value is put on people’s homes. This has led to the situation whereby Ryan Air’s Michael O’Leary will be expected to pay less than low and middle income families in County Laois and elsewhere.

“One Dublin City Council tenant received a letter from the Revenue Commissioners claiming their home was valued in the band €150,000 to €200,000 and demanding €157 for 2013. All local authority properties, according to the legislation, are in the valuation band of €100,000.

“The local authority is the property owner not the tenant. The resident contacted the revenue only to be told they do have to fill out the valuation form and return it. This is confusing and very stressful.

“It is another indication of how ill-considered this unjust family tax really is. Sinn Féin in government will repeal this tax.”


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