THE HOUSEHOLD CHARGE PAYMENT DEADLINE IS 31st MARCH
The deadline for paying the €100 charge in one payment is 31st March. 133,365 properties have paid to date. Owners of residential properties must pay the €100 charge.
People can also choose to pay the €100 charge online by credit/debit card or by cheque/Postal Order/Bank Drafts at their local authority office. Or they can download forms from www.householdcharge.ie and post to Household Charge, PO Box 12168, Dublin 1.
Ms. Jackie Maguire, Household Charge Project Board Chairperson, confirmed that “the nonpayment of the household charge is an offence and late payments will be subject to increasing fines”. She dismissed suggestions that have been circulating on the internet, that residential property owners can maybe opt out of a law they haven't 'given consent to'. Ms Maguire advises people that they are “bound by the laws passed by the Oireachtas and cannot avoid those laws by 'withdrawing consent' to them”. She says “that people should be aware that there is an accumulating fine for late payment of the charge after the 31st March 2012 and that it is an offence not to pay the charge”.
Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan T.D. urged everyone who has a preference to paying the Household Charge by instalments to do so online today or tomorrow. He also reminded members of the public that they simple cannot ‘opt out’ of a law by not consenting to it. 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 2012, unless otherwise exempted or entitled to claim a waiver. The Act further provides for offences where a person contravenes these statutory requirements.
Late payment fees will be applied 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.
The Household Charge Project Board is an internal project group set up by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) with responsibility for administering the household charge on a shared service/agency basis for County and City Councils.