The deadline for paying the E100 Household Charge is approaching. Liam McCarthy, Head of Finance, North Tipperary County Council said today that “in order to avoid interest and penalties owners of residential properties must pay the E100 Household Charge by 31st March 2012”. After 31st March, late payment fees will be applied to the Household Charge, with 10% added for payments made within six months, 20% after 6 months and 30% after a year. On top of that, late payment interest also applies on the amount outstanding in respect of an unpaid Household Charge and this is calculated at the rate of one per cent per month or part of a month from the due date, until payment of the Household Charge has been made. Mr McCarthy is urging people to pay the E100 charge before 31st March, using one of the many options available. He said that “people can pay Household Charge online by credit/debit card, or they can download forms from www.householdcharge.ie and post to Household Charge, PO Box 12168, Dublin 1, LoCall 1890 357 357. Alternatively they can pay by Cheque/Postal Order/Bank Draft/Cash at North Tipperary County Council Offices in Nenagh, Roscrea and Newport, or at Thurles and Templemore Town Council Offices”.
oe MacGrath, County Manager, North Tipperary County Council, confirmed that “the non-payment of the Household Charge is an offence and late payments will be subject to increasing fines”. He says “that people should be aware that there is an accumulating fine for late payment of the charge after the 31st March and that it is an offence not to pay the charge”. Under the legislation, an owner of a residential property on the liability date of 1 January 2012 is required to make a declaration of liability and to pay the Household Charge by 31 March, unless otherwise exempted or entitled to claim a waiver. The Act provides for offences where a person contravenes these requirements.