€4.7 million in local property tax collected in Offaly
New figures released by Revenue reveal that Laois householders paid a total of €4.7 million through local property tax charges throughout 2017.
The annual Local Property Tax (LPT) is charged on all residential properties in the State and came into effect to huge controversy and opposition in 2013.
The tax payable is based on the market value of relevant properties. The LPT is a self-assessment tax so you calculate the tax due based on your own assessment of the market value of the property. Since 2015, local authorities have been given the power to vary the rates of property tax within set bands.
In Laois in 2017, over 30,500 properties returned property tax payments, amounting to €4.7 million euro. This is in comparison to Offaly which also collected €4.7 million on 28,700 properties.
Laois had one of the lowest compliance rates with 98.2% of eligible properties registered as having paid the tax in 2017. Offaly had a compliance rate of 96.6%.
Donegal has the lowest compliance rate at 93.6%. South Dublin and Clare had the highest rate, both recording almost full compliance at 99.4%.
The most common way the Local Property Tax is still Direct Debit with more than a fifth (22.6%) of people using that method, while credit card is the least popular at 5.3%. 18.7% use debit card to pay, while a further 14.5% of properties have their tax deducted at source by the local authority.
Nationally, over €448 million was collected by local authorities from almost two million properties.