The liability date for the Household Charge 2012 is January 1st 2012 – but households have been given three months to pay before Late payment penalties apply . No penalty charges will apply if payments were made by 31st March 2012.
(Officially it is an offence not to have registered and paid by 31st March)
What are the Penalties for late Payment ?
For payments made between 1st April 2012 and 30th September 2012 the penalty is 10% of the amount outstanding (i.e €10 )
For payments made between 1st October 2012 and 31st March 2103 the penalty will be 20 % of the amount outstanding; ie. €20
For payments made on or after 1st April January 2013 – the penalty will be 30 % of the amount outstanding. (ie €30)
There is also a Late payment interest of 1% per month or part month that applies to any unpaid household charge amounts. (That is €1 per month)
So – someone paying the household charge in April will be expected to pay €100 plus a €10 late payment fee plus 1% interest of €1 – grand total of €111 .
The online system should work these out automatically – but people paying by post will be expected to add these on themselves !
So – if someone doesn’t pay the 2012 €100 household charge until April 2013 – they will owe €100 plus €30 penalty fee plus a €13 interest – a total of €143.
If household charges remain unpaid the legislation states that a charge will remain attached to the property.
Non Registration or Non Payment Offences – the Household Charge legislation states that anyone who fails to register their liability or pay the charge by 31st March 2012 will be guilty of an offence. If convicted of the offence – they will be liable to a fine (Max €2500).
Anyone claiming a waiver because of unfinished estates or mortgage interest supplement also need to register before 31st March.
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