How to pay the Household Charge

How to pay the Household Charge

  •  The household charge amount is €100, payable as a one-off payment online, or by post, or by quarterly direct debits. It must be paid before March 31 to avoid penalty charges up to a maximum of €2,500
  • All owners of residential property will be liable for the charge on each residential property they own as of January 1 of this year. The household charge will apply to properties on which NPPR is also being paid. The charge is on a self-declaration basis.
  • An empty house is not exempt if it is suitable for occupation, while a building split into bedsit units will mean the owner is liable for each unit.
  • Registration and payment can be completed online at Payment can be made by Mastercard, Visa or Laser.
  • Home owners can also use paper registration forms and pay by post or in person at their local council office before March 31.
  • Late penalties are: For payments made within three and six months of March 31 2012 — a 10% penalty; payments between six and 12 months late — a 20% penalty; payments over 12 months late — a 30% penalty, plus 1% interest per month.

Who is exempt 

  • Tenants will not have to register to pay the household charge.
  •  There is a waiver for the charge for those 18,000 households receiving mortgage interest supplement, and those in certain unfinished housing estates (as listed by the Department of the Environment).
  • Regarding newly bought houses, the buyer this year is exempt as the vendor of a residential property must pay any household charge, late payment fee and late payment interest due on the property.
  • Other exemptions, include: Buildings that are part of the trading stock of a business and from which no income has been derived, and has never been used as a dwelling; buildings vested in certain public authorities (including where households are purchasing their homes under the shared ownership scheme and where the local authority still retains a stake); buildings owned by voluntary housing bodies; buildings used as dwellings and liable for commercial rates; an owner of a residential property is exempt from the household charge if the residential property is in a discretionary trust, owned by an approved charity, or vacated due to long-term mental or physical infirmity.
There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Declan O’Connor at 10:32 pm

    Read the Act, and particularly sections 8 & 10. There won’t be criminal prosecutions because the County Councils don’t need to create martyrs.
    The Act legally converts unpaid Tax into an ‘invisible’ Mortgage on an affected property,until all arrears are fully paid.
    This continues for life, and into the ‘afterlife’
    until paid. It’s ‘GOTCHA’ , and that’s the legal reality. The Politicians who voted against the Act
    are presumed to have read it in advance, and to know this
    People are being steered into serious ‘bother’.

  2. Brendan at 7:16 pm

    Already payed 45000 euro on property tax which I had to borrow from the banks the house is now worth 50% of its value sorry Phil Hogan I ain’t giving you one red cent more in tax’s.I will be quiet happy to take up a prison space 3 meals a day costing the state 1000 euro a week. You can’t get blood out of a stone WAKE UP.

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