The NPPR payment deadline is fast approaching – but is anyone paying attention?
I have been amazed there has been so little attention paid so far to the looming 30 June deadline for payment of the Non Principal Private Residence or NPPR charge.
If you are liable, you have only two weeks left to stump up €200 per property/unit by the deadline, or face a late payment penalty. The charge applies to second homes, rented houses and apartments, unoccupied units and other properties, apart from the owner’s main residence, and is in addition to the €100 Household Charge.
Perhaps the ongoing controversy over the Household Charge is the blame for the lack of media coverage towards the NPPR so far this year. This is unfortunate, as unlike the Household Charge, the consequences of late payment of the NPPR charge can be serious.
For example, a property owner who has failed to pay their 2009, 2010 and 2011 NPPR liabilities will, by 30 June 2012, owe a total liability of €2,160 in NPPR charges and late fees. As time goes on, this liability will rise sharply. This is because the late payment charge of €20 per month continues to snowball forever until the entire liability is cleared.
For this reason alone, it is vital that you pay your NPPR charge on time, if you are liable to do so.