Council pursuing unpaid holiday home tax

Donegal County Council has warned anyone who has failed to pay the 2012 Non-Principal Private Residence Charge (NPPR) that they currently owe €220 payable by the end of July.

Donegal County Council has warned anyone who has failed to pay the 2012 Non-Principal Private Residence Charge (NPPR) that they currently owe €220 payable by the end of July.

The 2012 NPPR charge, which was introduced by the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, was due by the 30th June and anyone who has not paid the charge is now accruing late payment fees on a monthly basis.

It is expected that the 2012 Charge will yield over €3 million for Donegal County Council in 2012 when all renewals have been processed. A total of €12,350,000 has been collected since the introduction of the charge.

In addition to this, the Council are currently sending out demand letters to a small number of individuals whom it has identified as being liable but who have not paid the charge. The Council is permitted under Section 11 of the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 as amended by Section 19 of the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 to examine data from external agencies via the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).

Substantial penalties and a possible court fine awaits anyone found in breach of the legislation according to Mr Garry Martin, Donegal County Councils Director of Finance.

“The LMGA have analysed data from a number of sources and we are currently issuing demand letters to a small number of individuals who have not paid the charge to date. Anyone who receives a letter from the Council in relation to non-payment of the NPPR charge is urged to contact the Council immediately to arrange payment and to avoid further action being taken.”

Further information can be found at www.nppr.ie or by contacting your local Public Services Centre.