Ciara Kenny

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Emigrant homeowners who haven’t paid NPPR face fines up to €7,230

Were you aware of the charge? Have you paid? Will you pay?

Have you paid the NPPR? Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 15:10


UPDATE (lunchtime Thursday): A spokesman for the Local Government Management Agency has said “the clock will stop ticking” for those who contact their local council by letter or email “expressing genuine financial difficulty” with paying before midnight on Sunday. No proof of financial difficulty is needed, he said. The homeowner will still be liable for any outstanding payments plus penalties accrued to date, but the extra penalties will not be applied. See for contact details for each council.

Emigrants who own a property in Ireland and have not paid the NPPR could face a penalty of up to €7,230 if they don’t pay up by the end of this week.

Liveline has been inundated with calls in the last few days from people living abroad who claim they didn’t know anything about the Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) charge. (Ceire Sadlier wrote about how she found out about her €3,420 liability for Generation Emigration last June).

The tax was introduced in 2009 at €200 per year, but penalties for not paying have been building up exponentially. Liable homeowners who have never paid the charge now owe €4,220, which will rise to €7,230 next Monday. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government says homeowners should have been aware of the charge because they advertised extensively in Irish media, but emigrants believe – those calling Liveline at least – that this is ridiculous as they wouldn’t have seen or heard these ads abroad.

If you are living abroad but still own a home in Ireland, have you paid the NPPR? Were you even aware of it? Will you pay? Let us know in the comments section below.