Statutory deductions from payroll such as PAYE, PRSI and USC for the Revenue Commissioners have been the responsibility of employers since the PAYE system was introduced in the late 1950s. Since then the calculation requirements and obligations on employers have continued to increase. It now appears that employers will also be obliged to deduct the new Property Tax from the gross pay of their employees too.
Naturally the Government want to collect as much tax as possible in the current circumstances and following the low payment rate by householders to the local authorities, Revenue are looking to employers to collect the money directly from the pay of their employee and submit it to them in a manner similar to the collection of the pension levy.
Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment told his party that the property tax should apply to all households benefitting from local authority services. He believes that everyone should pay something although it is expected that the tax will be income related. While the self employed are expected to submit payment through their annual returns, employers will be required to deduct the relevant Property Tax from the payroll of their staff.
Don Thornhill chair of a group compiling a report on the new tax for the government recommends that the Revenue collect the tax. This will put additional burden of administration on employers as Revenue is expected to notify employers of the charges to be deducted from payroll for each individual. It would then become the responsibility of the employer to calculate, deduct and submit payment to Revenue with no compensation for the additional work involved.
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