The pay and file season for Local Property Tax (LPT ) 2016 will be starting soon, and Revenue is writing to approximately 755,000 residential property owners to give them the opportunity to decide how and when they want to pay.
Revenue will not be writing to property owners who have opted to pay LPT by direct debit or deduction from pay/pension or social welfare payment. These property owners do not need to contact Revenue. Their existing payment method will automatically roll over for 2016.
Some 14 Local Authorities varied the rate for 2016 covering nearly one million properties. There is no need for those affected to contact Revenue. Revenue is making the changes automatically.
The range of payment options available means that property owners can choose when and how to pay LPT according to their own preferences and circumstances. Property owners can apply to defer the tax even if they did not do so in the past.
If you wish to avail of a phased payment option such as direct debit, deduction at source from your salary or pension, or regular cash payments through a payment service provider, you need to tell Revenue by November 25, 2015 to allow enough time to have your preference in place from the start of the year.
If you want to pay in full by an electronic cheque on March 21, you need to tell Revenue by January 7, 2016.
If you prefer to pay in full with a single payment by debit/credit card or cheque, you can do so anytime that suits you, but you must pay by January 7, 2016, at the latest. If you pay the amount due in advance of January 7, the payment will be processed as soon as it is received.
The quickest and easiest way to choose your payment method is online at www.revenue.ie