Rev­enue have power to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion

Bray People - - NEWS -

WITH JUST six months to com­pile a reg­is­ter of ap­prox­i­mately 1.6 mil­lion tax-li­able house­holds, the Rev­enue Com­mis­sion­ers are fac­ing a mam­moth task.

But de­spite the enor­mi­tiy of the brief, Rev­enue are con­fi­dent they can meet the chal­lenge in time for the July 1 dead­line.

They have in­di­cated they will use ad­di­tional pow­ers un­der prop­erty tax leg­is­la­tion to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion from util­ity providers such as gas and elec­tric­ity com­pa­nies that will sup­ple­ment their own data­base.

Rev­enue will also use reg­istry data from last year’s house­hold charge, data from the non­prin­ci­pal pri­vate res­i­dence an­nual charge, and in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by the pri­vate res­i­den­tial ten­an­cies boards.

This data col­lec­tion will, ac­cord­ing to the Rev­enue Com­mis­sion­ers’ web­site, ‘al­low us to con­tact li­able per­sons in March 2013’.

This sug­gests that Rev­enue will over­come one of the ob­sta­cles faced by the Lo­cal Government Man­age­ment Agency when ad­min­is­ter­ing the €100 house­hold charge last year – ab­sence of a com­pre­hen­sive data­base of all res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

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