COUNCIL tenants have been left scratching their heads after receiving property tax letters from the Revenue Commissioners urging them to pay the new tax.
Northside Sinn Féin city councillor Maurice Quinlivan said this “shambles” has occasioned much disquiet for those who have received the letters, but are not liable to pay the controversial tax.
“This is causing huge confusion and worry to families especially those who are struggling to exist on low incomes at present.
“I understand this has happened as well in other local authorities across the state,” said Cllr Quinlivan.
Cllr Quinlivan said he has been told by the City Manager that they have not provided any such information to Revenue Commissioners, “so it’s begs the question ‘Where exactly have the Revenue Commissioners got their information from?’”
“It is another indication of how ill-considered this unjust family tax really is.”
“This new tax really takes no account of a homeowner ability’s to pay. It is clear that many families across Limerick will be pushed over the edge by this tax.
“The difference between having enough to make ends meet, to put food on the table, to pay the electricity or gas bill, to be able to fill the tank with heating oil can come down to having €50 left at the end of the month, or being another €50 euro overdrawn, or in debt to your credit card,” said Cllr Quinlivan