Changes to property tax for people with disabilities

Fine Gael Press Office Senator Martin Conway Clare

Wednesday, February 13th 2013

Conway welcomes changes to property tax for people with disabilities

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has welcomed the announcement today (Wednesday) by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, that special exemptions for the property tax will apply to homes where works are carried out for people with disabilities.

Minister Noonan confirmed, with the publication of the Finance Bill, that any rise in value as a result of improvements carried out to the homes of people with disabilities will be written off when calculating the property tax.

“I am delighted that the Minister of Finance has recognised that works to properties necessitated by a person’s disability should not be taken into account when valuing the property for the property tax.

“This move recognises that people with disabilities have unique requirements in terms of housing and access, and that any works carried out to properties are necessary improvements.

“This Government is committed to supporting people with disabilities in adapting their home environment to suit their needs and to improve their quality of life. I would like to commend the Minister for responding to this need and providing this relief.”

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