Ireland: Revenue’s property-tax move is only right and fair
03 September 2013
Posted by: Author: Independent.ie
ONCE more, the Revenue Commissioners have stepped up their fight to collect the property tax. Today the Irish Independent's personal finance editor brings us details of a new move by officials to withhold tax rebates due to citizens who have not made a property tax return. They are also minded to deduct the money owed from such rebates.
Some citizens will cry foul and assert that this is rough justice. But such people need to get out a little more and see how things work in the real world.
In Germany, for example, if you fail to pay your property tax, you could very well have your bank account frozen until you get back into line. Unsurprisingly, that strategy concentrates minds and keeps payments up to date. In Ireland, nine out of 10 people have complied with the property tax rules. Why should the other 10pc be allowed to freeload on the rest of us?
Revenue is already deducting property tax amounts from the wages, pensions and social welfare payments of those who have failed to register and pay. The move in relation to rebates is simply a logical extension of this move.
Most citizens accept the need for us to fund local services, and they recognise the need to expand the tax base.
We must all continue to be vigilant to ensure that our local taxes remain at a fair rate and that they are spent efficiently. Equally, the Revenue Commissioners must continue to collect these taxes effectively and fairly.