Hogan thanks those who registered to pay household charge

The Environment Minister Phil Hogan has thanked all those who have registered their properties and paid the household charge.

To date 1.1 million homeowners have paid the tax - with over €113m collected and reallocated to local authorities through the Local Government Fund.

From January 1, the Household Charge will be replaced with the Local Property Tax.

Homeowners who didn't pay the charge in 2012 but do so by April 30 2013 will see arrears of the tax capped at €130.

However, further failure to pay will mean the Household Charge will be increased to €200 and added to the new Property Tax.

Minister Hogan is strongly encouraging those who haven't done so, to pay the fee and avoid unnecessary late payment penalties.

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