How will the introduction of the Local Property Tax (LPT) affect you?

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan published the Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2013 on February 13th. Following this, the Revenue has now published a Sample Form LPT1 – Return for Local Property Tax and a set of Guidelines for the LPT

The property tax will come into effect from 01st July 2013. It will be a tax that is due on the market value of any residential property. For 2013 a half yearly charge will apply. This is a self assessed tax and the revenue collected will be used to fund the provision of local services administrated by Local Authorities.

The Act defines a residential property as a building or structure which may be used as a dwelling; it will include sheds, outhouses and any other building or structure including grounds up to one acre.

Residential property owners will receive correspondence from Revenue in March 2013 which will include a booklet detailing information on the operation of the local property tax. The booklet it will offer guidance on determining the valuation of a residential property, computing the amount of LPT to be paid, completing the LPT return form and the methods of payment available. The  information booklet will be easy to understand and should outline any queries individuals might have.

Valuation

The March correspondence from Revenue will provide details for the assessment of the valuation of the residential property. It must be noted that Revenue will not assess the valuation of properties. However should you follow their guidelines honestly they will accept the property value assessment. The valuation of your property will remain the same for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Rates

The amount due will be based on the market value of a property on 1st May 2013.

Property values will be set-up in market value bands.  The rate will be 0.18% for properties up to a market value of €1 million. A table outlining the rate bands can be found at www.revenue.ie   

Revenue has provided an online calculator to assist  in the calculation of the amount of tax to be payed in 2013. http://www.revenue.ie/lpt_reckoner/index_en.html

Payement Options

The options available will be one single payment or to spread payments in equal instalments from 01/07/2013 to the end of the year.

The options available for payment in one single payment will include:

Debit/Credit Cards, Cash payments through certain service providers and Bank Single Debit Authority.

For the option to spread the payments in equal instalments:

Direct Debit, Deduction from salary, Cash payments through certain providers, Deduction from social welfare payments and finally deduction from certain scheme payments to farmers.

Dates for your diary           

 February 2013                              Revenue issued LPT Return form with relevant information                   
01st May 2013 Property Valuation and Ownership date
07th May 2013
Date for filing paper LPT returns
28th May 2013 Date for filing LPT returns online
01st July 2013 onwards
Deduction at source from salary   
01st July 2013 
Cash payments available
15th July 2013 
Deduction by direct debit
21st July 2013 Bank Single Debit Authority Payment deducted

 

Contact OSK Tax with your comments or queries.

 

 

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