“The head of the LGMA has threatened that ‘enforcement’ letters will be issued in July against the majority of households boycotting the home tax. This breaks the government’s ‘bad news embargo’ during the Referendum campaign, ” said Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the CAHWT.
“The CAHWT vows to organise a series of public meetings, protests and an escalation of our campaign should any threatening letters be sent. Those not paying are in a clear majority, as confirmed by figures today. ”
“Today’ s breakdown of registration figures strengthen the boycott of the household tax as they show that several hundred thousand of the 940,000 registered properties are those of multiple owners, developers and landlords. In actual fact, a majority of homeowners are still boycotting the tax,” said Cllr Coppinger.
“A reply to a Dail question reported today in the Irish Times confirms that 88,255 registered two to 10 homes; 1,262 paid on 11 to 20 homes, 279 paid on 21 to 30 homes, while a further 123 paid 31 to 40 homes they own. Three giant landlords or developers registered between 300 and 400 properties. These people should be subject to a real wealth and property tax, not a paltry hundred euro”.
“If you factor in these mutiple owners, it is clear that a big majority of 1.81 million homes that must register have not done so.”
“We call on householders to bear these threats in mind when voting in the Referendum next week — this is what the government has in store if they can get the Treaty safely out of the way,” said Cllr Coppinger.