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Minister must intervene in LPT pyrite exemption chaos – O’Reilly

23 August, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly has called on the Minister for Finance to intervene in the cases of a number of households who have been told they must now retrospectively pay local property tax, despite having been in receipt of the exemption up until 2016.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“A number of frustrated households have been in touch with me in Dublin Fingal over correspondence from Revenue looking for the retrospective payment of the property tax, despite having been in receipt of the exemption up until 2016. These are households who submitted all the necessary documents to Revenue at the time, who were aware of the time sensitive nature of the exemption and who were willing to pay once it ran out. Now they are being hit with a bill and being told it must be paid.

“We have a situation where revenue, in a number of cases, is now looking for back payment, despite these households having sent in the information previously. They are making these families, who had suffered extreme problems because of the presence of pyrite in their homes, feel like tax cheats despite having complied with Revenue at the time. This is unacceptable.

“The Minister must now intervene with Revenue to clarify the situation surrounding these households. I have contacted his office and the revenue, looking for a resolution to this issue. If the issue rests with the legislation or its interpretation in terms of its objectives, it is up to the Minister to work with Revenue. It is unfair for households to be told they were exempt for a time, to avail of the exemption but then after the media glare dies down to be pursued for the monies. These families have suffered enough with their homes without this additional pressure being brought to bear on them.” 

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