The deadline filing online property tax returns was today May 28th – but it has now been extended to Wed 29th at 8pm.
The latest figures from Revenue are that 1.35 million property tax returns have been filed – which means that about 550,000 properties are still not yet registered. For some reason – most of the press are reporting that just 1.6 million returns are expected – but how can that be the case if there are 1.9 million homes in the country? See our article on Property Tax Numbers
Revenue say that in June they will be writing to people that have not returned their property tax returns. If you are in employment – they will be telling you that unless you file a return they will be charging you the estimated amount that was printed on the form – and they will be taking it out of your wages between July and December. People on occupational pensions will also be told that the tax will be taken at source from those pensions.
You could also be hit with penalties for not filing the property tax return – this penalty will be equal to the amount of property tax (capped at €3000).
See more here about Property Tax Penalties
The Revenue say they are only accepting online or telephone returns – they say it is too late for paper ones. But we doubt if they will refuse to accept a paper form if you send it in- they should be glad to get it !
There is no specific penalty for late filing – and the full amount of property tax for 2013 does not have to be paid until 31st December. There are late payment penalties of 8% interest – but we don’t think that Revenue will start applying these automatically until 2014.