Tipperary County Councillor Jackie Cahill has spoken of the current uproar over the heavy handed approach to the NPPR (Non Principal Private Residents) tax that has caused both anger and confusion amongst many in the county.
‘Many people in Tipperary have recently been sent letters by local authorities informing them they may have been liable for the NPPR. This has amounted to huge bills arriving to many homes in the last week without prior warning. A lot of these homeowners did not realise that they were liable for this tax.Even though the NPPR ended in 2013 – this may well be the first time these people have been sent any direct communication about it. The letters arrived just before the very unfair NPPR penalties are due to rise this weekend. There has been huge concern about the size of the penalties – especially from people who live overseas and who say they knew nothing about the NPPR charge until they got these letters.’
Cllr Cahill added,‘The first thing to realise is - that these NPPR letters are just for information – they are not bills or demands. They have been sent merely to alert people to the fact that they may have an undischarged liability for NPPR The letters have been sent, it seems, to people who appear to have more than one address according to Revenue records for LPT/Household Charge/ Income Tax etc. Some of these different addresses could be due simply to clerical input errors. There have also been examples where a child moved out of the parental home, not far away – but for some reason didn’t update his/her employment records – so after the “data matching” it appears they have 2 homes.They are now being hit with 400% penalties and interest which is totally outrageous. The government gave amnesties in the past for people who knowingly and willingly avoided tax. These homeowners should be allowed the chance to pay the original bills with no interest rate added for delayed payment,” Cllr Cahill said.