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The Importance Of Paying Your Local Property Tax

What is Local Property Tax (LPT)?

Local Property Tax (LPT) is an annual self-assessed tax introduced in 2013 and is charged on the market value of residential properties in Ireland. It applies to all owners of residential properties, including any buildings or parts used as accommodation. The revenue generated from local property tax in Ireland is crucial for funding local services and infrastructure provided by local authorities.


How is Local Property Tax Calculated?

To determine how much LPT tax you owe, you need to assess the market value of your property. This valuation should be based on the property’s value on specific valuation dates set by Revenue. For the years 2022 to 2025, the relevant valuation date is November 1, 2021. If your property has undergone significant changes or improvements since the last valuation date, you must reassess its value accordingly​.

Revenue provides an online valuation tool to help homeowners estimate their property’s value. This tool and additional guidance on how to self-assess your property can be found on the Revenue website​. To ensure an accurate assessment, it’s essential to use multiple sources, such as local property sales, estate agent valuations, and property price registers​.


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Implications of Non-Payment of LPT

Failure to pay tax or register for LPT can result in penalties, and the Revenue Commissioners potentially block any claims for tax rebates or credits until compliance is achieved​​. To avoid these issues, ensuring that your property is registered and your tax paid is essential.


Who is Exempt from LPT? LPT Exemptions and Deferrals

Specific properties may qualify for LPT exemptions if they meet specific criteria. Exemptions can apply to properties with significant pyrite damage, newly constructed properties, or properties in unfinished housing estates​​. However, even exempt properties must still be valued, and an LPT online service must be used to file a property tax return to claim the exemption​.

Sometimes, homeowners may qualify for a deferral of LPT payments if their income falls below a certain threshold and can also apply in cases of significant financial hardship. 


Recent Changes to Local Property Tax

In recent years, LPT regulations and valuation bands have been updated. For instance, in 2022, the valuation bands were adjusted to reflect changes in the property market​. Additionally, local authorities can adjust the LPT rate in their area by up to 15% to address local funding needs, which can impact the amount you owe. This adjustment is part of the local government strategy to ensure proper baseline funding for local services.


LPT Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is Local Property Tax? 

The amount of LPT you owe is based on the valuation band of your property. You can calculate the exact amount using the LPT online calculator provided by Revenue​.

When is Local Property Tax Due? 

LPT is due by January 1st each year. However, various payment methods have different deadlines, such as March 21st for single payments​.

How Do I Get a Local Property Tax Statement? 

You can obtain your LPT statement by logging into the LPT online service within the Revenue website. This statement will include your Property ID, PIN, and the details of your LPT payments​.

How to Register for Local Property Tax? 

To register for LPT, you must provide your Property ID and PIN, which can be found in any correspondence from Revenue. You can register and manage your LPT account through the Revenue’s LPT online service​.

How to Submit LPT Return? 

To submit your LPT return, use the LPT online service provided by Revenue. Ensure all details regarding your property valuation and payment methods are correctly entered.



Additional LPT Considerations

Homeowners should also know the NPPR charge (Non-Principal Private Residence Charge), which may apply if the property is not your main residence.  This charge operated between 2020 and 2013.  Although this charge has been abolished, any arrears from previous years still need to be settled​.

Local authorities use the LPT allocations to fund essential services. The LPT yield from these taxes helps in the planning and implementing of local projects, ensuring a better quality of life for residents.



Key Takeaways About LPT

  • Utilise Online Services: Use the LPT online service to manage your payments and file returns efficiently.  Unfortunately,  Revenue did not provide access to any Tax Agents or accountants, such as Irish Tax Rebates to prepare and file LPT returns on behalf of their clients.
  • Assess and Pay on Time: Ensure your property is correctly assessed for its market value and pay your LPT by the required deadlines to avoid penalties.
  • Stay Informed: Regularly check the Revenue website for updated LPT regulations, exemptions, and payment methods.
  • Once you have registered, fill out our 60-second tax rebate form and see what tax rebates you are entitled to.



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