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House charge deadline looms

CLARE County Council has advised property owners to avoid additional penalties of up to €3,010 per property by regularising their NPPR liability before the end of the month.

Introduced as part of the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, the annual NPPR charge applies to each year during the period from 2009 to 2013.

In order to maximise compliance and encourage payment of outstanding NPPR charge arrears, section 74 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides for a period, from March 2 to August 31, during which time no new late payment penalties will be applied to existing NPPR liabilities.

A council spokesperson urged that anyone in doubt regarding their obligations should make immediate contact with them as the punitive penalties will be automatically applied from September 1. The council also confirmed that Local Property Tax data provided by the Revenue Commissioners is being used to identify non compliant property owners.

The spokesperson stressed that it is in these owners interests to declare their property this month as, from September 1 they face a charge of up to €7,230 per property.

Persons in doubt about the liability of their property should contact Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, at 065 6821616 or nppr@clarecoco.ie. Further information also is available from www.nppr.ie.

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