Minister Eoghan Murphy announced today that “Businesses that are impacted by COVID-19 can defer their rate payment for the next three months”. This is a deferral of rate payments not a waiver of rates due.
As previously stated Kildare County Council will be dealing with difficulties experienced by Rate Payers, on a case by case basis, as the impact of the crisis on customers is not and will not be uniform and will undoubtedly change at various stages of the crisis. It would also be very difficult to make any decision at this point without knowing the extent of the crisis or the actual impact it will have with various government schemes etc being implemented and evolving.
Kildare County Council will implement the Government decision to defer rates payments by those businesses that have been impacted by COVID -19 for the next three months. Affected businesses should e-mail email@example.com outlining their circumstances.
However, once the emergency is over the matter of paying or not paying rates will depend on the circumstances of the individual customer/business and how they managed through the crisis and what national schemes were available to them.
Ends 20 March 2020
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