More than 90% of homes valued under €300,000 by owners for property tax

Local authorities will decide next month on how much tax to charge in their area

LPT property valuations have been frozen at 2013 levels until October of next year

LPT property valuations have been frozen at 2013 levels until October of next year

 

More than 90 per cent of homeowners are paying local property tax (LPT) based on property values of less than €300,000, according to figures from the Revenue Commissioners.

Local authorities will next month decide how much property tax to charge householders in their area next year. Councillors have the power to increase or decrease the rate charged in their area by up to 15 per cent each year. Their decision holds for one year only and if no notice of change is given to Revenue by September 30th, the charge reverts to the standard rate.

However, at the end of next year the tax will be recalculated to reflect the upturn in property prices, with tax bills expected to increase from 2020.

Last year, the four Dublin local authorities voted to cut the rate, with Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire and South Dublin applying the full 15 per cent discount, while Fingal applied a 10 per cent cut.

Most other local authorities made no change to the standard rate, but seven voted to increase the charge. Laois, Tipperary and Wexford county councils increased the charge by 10 per cent, Limerick by 7.5 per cent, Longford and Kerry by 5 per cent, and Waterford by 2.5 per cent.

Currently the amount of tax paid is based on the value of the property on May 1st, 2013, With 90.6 per cent of properties valued at under €300,000, almost all households pay less than €495 in property tax.

While Dublin homeowners with properties at €300,000 pay less, Dubliners are also far more likely to pay higher property tax. In the Dublin city and South Dublin areas, almost 20 per cent of homes had valuations above €300,000, in Fingal the figure was 21.5 per cent while in Dún Laoghaire, almost 60 per cent of homes were valued above €300,000.

This figure fell dramatically outside Dublin with Wicklow County Council the only other local authority with more than 10 per cent of properties valued above €300,000. In almost all rural local authorities the majority of homes had valuations of under €150,000 and in five, the majority of properties were valued under €100,000.

Self-assessment

More than 40 per cent of households, about 688,800 homeowners, self-assessed their property under the Revenue’s valuation, with Dublin households most likely to protest the Revenue’s assessment. However, more than 12,500 “self-corrected” their valuation upwards, the Revenue said, either following its challenge, or when the property came up for sale.

Fine Gael Dublin city councillor Paddy McCartan said the council should again apply the maximum discount next year, because of the “equalisation” process, where 20 per cent of Dublin money is shared out among rural local authorities.

“I don’t see why 20 per cent of Dubliners’ money should be going to other counties, and the amount that’s taken from Dublin is only going to increase unless the whole system is reassessed.”

LPT property valuations have been frozen at 2013 levels until October of next year, when a re-evaluation, which will effect charges from 2020, is due to be implemented. This June the average cost of a house across the State was €237,000 and €359,852 in Dublin.

“I think it’s unlikely that the rate of the tax will stay the same after the re-evaluation, but it is likely that people will be paying more and I think Dubliners have the right to expect that they will get bang for their buck and the money raised in Dublin will be spent in Dublin.”