On 19th July 2022 the Irish Revenue Commissioners published eBrief No. 148/22.
For full information please click: https://www.revenue.ie/en/tax-professionals/tdm/income-tax-capital-gains-tax-corporation-tax/part-22a/22a-01-01.pdf
Residential Zoned Land Tax (RZLT) applies to land that, on or after 1st January 2022, is zoned as being suitable for residential development and is serviced, with certain exclusions.
It does not apply to existing residential properties.
Where land is within scope of the tax on 1st January 2022, the tax will be charged from 1st February 2024 onwards.
RZLT is an annual tax, calculated at 3% of the market value of the land within its scope.
Owners of residential properties with yards and gardens greater than 0.4047 hectares will be required to register for RZLT, but will not need to pay it.
Each local authority will be required to prepare and publish a map identifying land within the scope of the tax. This must be updated annually.
An owner of land which is zoned as being suitable for residential development and serviced on 1st January 2022 and where this development has not commenced before 1st February 2024 will be liable to file a return and pay the Residential Zoned Land Tax on or before 23rd May 2024, with certain exclusions.
Where land comes within the scope of the RZLT after 1st January 2022, the tax will be first due in the third year after it comes within scope.
The tax will continue to be payable each year in respect of the land unless a deferral of the tax applies or the land ceases to be liable to the tax.
RZLT will operate on a self-assessment basis.
From 2024 onwards, owners of the land in scope will be required to register for RZLT and then (i) make an annual return to Revenue and (ii) pay any tax liability in May of each year.
Interest, penalties and surcharges will apply in cases of non-compliance, including undervaluation of the land in scope and late filing of returns, etc.