Homeowners across the country could see a 15% hike in their property tax bills from next summer according to Fianna Fail Senator Mark MacSharry.
Despite the widespread assumption that the family home tax would be fixed until 2016, it has now been confirmed to Fianna Fail that the Government is allowing local authorities to impose a 15% increase after the local elections in 2014.
“This will come as a complete shock to the vast majority of homeowners who were given the clear impression that they would face no increase in the family home tax until at least 2016,” said Senator MacSharry.
“While this provision was published in the property tax legislation, the Government clearly attempted to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes by repeating that ‘valuations’ could not be increased until 2016.
“Most people understood this to mean that the tax would be fixed for three years. It has now been confirmed that this is not the case.
“I have argued all along that this is a deeply unfair tax, particularly in light of the complete failure by the Government to take action to support homeowners in difficulty.
“ Now we are seeing new levels of unfairness in Fine Gael and Labour’s family home tax plan. They forced this legislation through the Dail without proper time for discussion.
“They shut down debate at every turn.
“As a result it is only now that the full extent of this family home tax is dawning on homeowners.