Property tax confusion caused by Revenue

Revenue didn’t do themselves any favours with their details on how to pay your property tax this week.

Revenue didn’t do themselves any favours with their details on how to pay your property tax this week.

Indeed the Revenue release had members of the government disagreeing on how and when the tax should be paid, the phone lines to radio progammes were jammed and Revenue itself had to put explanatory ads in the newspapers on Tuesday.

The property tax was so controversial when introduced that this was the last thing the government needed.

One of the main points of contention concerned payment by credit cards - if this is your preferred method of payment then you will have to pay your entire 2014 tax this month.

That means that with half a year’s property tax already paid this year, owners paying by credit card will pay eighteen months property tax in one calendar year.

It means that those paying by credit or debit card who want to file the tax manually must do so before this Thursday while those who file online have until November 27.

In their advert the Revenue advise how the tax can be paid in 2014 - such as direct debit, by deduction from wages, pensions or social welare .

Already retailers are worried about the money taken out of the economy before Christmas for those paying by credit card.

It looks like there are no winners in this.