Archive for March, 2012

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The Household Tax Ireland – Updated 29/03/2012

March 29, 2012
Irish Property Tax

Irish Property Tax

Hey guys,

Updating for the day on the Irish Household Tax and new developments in the ever changing media coverage. As of 12 today a total of 453,796 households out of 1.6 million have registered for the Irish Household Tax.

For those who are unaware D-Day for payment is March the 31st which is in two days time. The Department of the Environment has stated that it has received €45,379,600 out of the estimated €160 million overall revenue generated by the Household Tax Ireland.

The fines to be put in place for people who don’t register by March 31st are as follows;

  • Tax payments made between April 1st and June 30th – 10% i.e. ten euro.
  • Tax payments made between Juy 1st and December 31st 20% i.e. twenty euro.
  • Tax payments made after January 1st 2013 will receive a 30% fine i.e. thirty euro 
  • Late payment of 1% per month i.e. one euro per month

 

The Household Tax legislation states that anyone who doesn’t register their liability or pay the charge by 31st March 2012 will be guilty of an offence. If convicted – they will be liable to a maximum fine of €2500.

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How to Pay the Irish Household Tax

March 27, 2012

Hey guys,

We decided it may be beneficial for many people if we gave a step by step guide to how you pay the Irish household tax.

Step 1: Go to

How to Pay the Irish Household Tax

How to Pay the Irish Household Tax

 

Step 2: Click on whichever of the two boxes applies. Left if you have ALREADY registered and right if you HAVEN’T

Irish Household Tax

Irish Household Tax

 

Step 3: If you are registering which many of you will be click into create account and click which ever option is applicable

Household Tax 2012

Household Tax 2012

 

Step 4: Enter a valid email address that will be used to send a conformation email to

Household Tax Ireland Registering

Household Tax Ireland Registering

 

Step 4: Enter a secure password that you’ll remember as this will be required for future log ins 

 

Household Tax 2012

Household Tax 2012

 

Step 5: This is the last step before payment and involves entering your details such as name, address and PPS number

 

Irish Home Tax

Irish Home Tax

 

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Who Has to Pay the Irish Household Tax

March 27, 2012
Household Tax Ireland

Household Tax Ireland

While the majority of the country are rightly against paying the Irish household tax a number of people have paid and are in the process of doing so. The easiest way of registering is online at Householdcharge.ie or if you don’t have access to a computer you can get registration forms from your  local authority.

The most significant thing to note is that no bills will be issued, your’e expected to register for the charge yourself. But who has to pay the Irish household tax? Everyone including;

  • Pensioners 
  • lone parents 
  • People with a disability
  • The unemployed

The only people exempt from paying the Irish household tax are people getting  a mortgage interest supplement. Something else to note is that if you have put your house up for sale and it has not been sold as of January 1st 2012 you are liable to pay.

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Household Tax Ireland – Updated

March 26, 2012
Household Tax Ireland

Household Tax Ireland

After some recent developments we decided it would be appropriate to update our previous post on the household tax Ireland. In terms of registration the number of people that have now registered has risen to 328,201 as of 23rd March.

There is roughly 1,730,000 properties due to pay the household tax and currently only 18% have paid. The big worry for many people is the fine that will be put in place if the tax is paid. The following are fines that can be issued;

  • Tax payments made between April 1st and June 30th – 10% i.e. ten euro.
  • Tax payments made between Juy 1st and December 31st 20% i.e. twenty euro.
  • Tax payments made after January 1st 2013 will receive a 30% fine i.e. thirty euro 
  • Late payment of 1% per month i.e. one euro per month

 

The Household Tax legislation states that anyone who doesn’t register their liability or pay the charge by 31st March 2012 will be guilty of an offence. If convicted – they will be liable to a maximum fine of €2500.

In Dublin over the weekend thousands of demonstrators attended a protest against the household tax Ireland. More than 2,000 people jammed into the National Stadium to show support.

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Creating an Organic Vegetable Garden

March 21, 2012

Creating an Organic Garden

Creating an Organic Garden


“How do I create an organic vegetable garden?” Well it’s not instant and may take some time in order to perfect the required techniques. The real question you should be asking is “why am I creating an organic vegetable garden?”.

Organic gardening has stood the test of time as the healthiest method of growing vegetables. It results in the growth of natural, chemical free food. As well as that it’s a hobby!

Think of organic gardening as a lifestyle. The vegetables that end up on your table are grown chemical free so you don’t have to worry about your family consuming pesticides. Your healthy diet will coincide with you being out in the fresh air and getting regular exercise while tending to your crops.

But how do I start my organic garden?

The first step is sourcing seeds. Check out local garden centres or buy online and avail of a wider selection of seeds. If you are starting your organic garden from seeds it’s beneficial to start your seeds indoors as they have a higher chance of surviving.

Plant seeds where there’s good lighting and ensure you don’t go overboard on the watering.

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

March 13, 2012

Hey guys,

Hopefully you haven’t forgotten that Mothers Day 2012 is this Sunday the 18th of March. It’s that time of the year where you pull out all the stops and treat your Mum to something special. It may be as simple as breakfast in bed or something a little bit more lavish.

Why not go the extra mile and make some of Jamie Oliver’s chocolate biscuts with a soft chocolate centre? The perfect Mothers Day gift and it’s easy to do too.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Grease a large baking sheet. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Beat in the egg yolks, then add the flour and cocoa powder to make a dough. Turn out and knead, then pop it into the fridge and preheat the oven to 190ºC/.
On a lightly floured surface, roll one third of the dough out thinly, then cut out about 30 circles with the smaller cutter. Spread them out on the baking sheet and put a square of chocolate in the middle of each one. Then roll the rest of the dough out.

Cut out the same number of circles with the larger cutter and pop them on top of the chocolate, pressing gently all the way round to seal the edge and keep all the chocolate in. Cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, and eat them hot or cold.

If your not up to getting the oven gloves out why not take a look at some of our top Mothers Day Gift Ideas from our online store;

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

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How to Clean Gutters

March 12, 2012

March is the perfect time to clean the gutters with leaves and debris still easy to move while damp from the winter rain. Gutters move all the moisture that builds up on the roof away from your home and ensures water is transported into drains as opposed to straight off your roof.

How to Clean Gutters

How to Clean Gutters

Many people pay often extortionate amounts of money ranging from 100-199 euro because they don’t now how to clean gutters properly. If you’re wondering how to clean gutters in a safe and effective manner here are our top tips;

  • Use a sturdy ladder and prop it against a solid wall. Avoid placing it up against a downspout or gutter which can break easily.
  • Remove debris with a garden trowel or a designated gutter scoop.
  •  Put debris in a bag that you can drop on the ground when full.
  • To test for leaks run some water through the gutter with a hose in order to identify any areas that need repair.

Only clean the gutters when the ground is dry and there’s no threat of rain. Put safety first and take your time while at work. It’s recommended that you have someone at hand to hold the ladder and help you when needed.  Cleaning gutters can be physically demanding so keep this in mind before you consider trying it yourself.