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Green and Mean

Satirist Joseph O'Connor nicely catologued the madness of the last flush of the boom:

I used to drive a beamer, boys, upholstered plush and deep,
For to drive the kids to ballet class, the au pair had a jeep,
The Missus had an SUV, a vehicle mean for the sticks,
For to drive to the mall at Dundrum, me boys, for a latte and Harvey
Nix.

Well, thankfully, the SUV is a wounded beast and those of us who don't fancy living on Venus (daily temperatures there will melt lead) can only hope that recession will kill them dead.

To increase the downside of owning a behomoth, the government instituted a new system of annual motor tax based on carbon dioxide emissions.

The more efficient the vehicle, the lower the tax. Monsters pay for their depravity.

Tax Bands Based on Fuel Efficiency - Cars Purchased After 1 Jan 2008

Generally, the bigger the car, the higher the tax. But, an older, inefficient car may cost more than a brand new gargantua with the latest emission controls.

Band CO2 emissions-grams per kilometre Annual Half-year Quarterly Arrears Monthly
A O – 120g 104 57 29 10.4
B More than 120g/km up to and including 140g/km 156 86 44 15.6
C More than 140g/km up to and including 155g/km 302 167 85 30.2
D More than 155g/km up to and including 170g/km 447 248 126 44.7
E More than 170g/km up to and including 190g/km 630 349 177 63
F More than 190g/km up to and including 225g/km 1,050 582 296 105
G More than 225g/km 2,100 1,165 593 210
55.5% of the annual rate (disregard cent) 28.25% of the annual rate (disregard cent) 1/10 of the annual rate (disregard cent after multiplication)

Size Counts

Car tax used to based on the size of the engine. Used cars that were registered by their previous owner before January 1st, 2008 still use that old system.

It works this way: The larger the engine, the higher the tax. For instance, a 1.3 litre engine will pay annual taxes approaching €300 while a 1.6 litre engine pays nearly €400 and a 2 litre behemoth will set you back by over €650. This tax does not drop with age. A twenty year old car pays exactly the same as an equivalent sized new auto.

In order to tax a newly-imported car, the importer must present it at a regional licensing authority (usually the county office) with a Vehicle Registration Certificate and an IF100 Import Form, which will be obtained from Customs and Excise at the time of importation. Again, for official customs information and forms, click here.

Older private cars are taxed by a fixed annual rate which is calculated according to the cubic capacity (cc) of the vehicle. Local county councils set their own tax rate, which may vary by up to 3% from one county to the next. Here are the base rates from which the counties all started.

You won't be surprised to find out that no county has forsworn the 3% annual rise.

The Department of Environment maintains an online system which you can use to pay our road tax. The alternative is to handle it all by snail mail or to head into your nearest County or Corporation (City) Road Tax Office. The online site has an out of date road tax chart available for download. Unfortunately, the chart stops long before SUV motor sizes are reached.

Or, try using the dated tax chart below which gives you base figures which have been raised several times. But, it does give you the idea in a glance.

From CC To CC EURO
3 Months
EURO
6 Months
EURO
12 Months
0 1000 40 79 144
1001 1100 61 119 216
1101 1200 67 132 239
1201 1300 73 143 259
1301 1400 78 154 278
1401 1500 84 165 298
1501 1600 105 206 372
1601 1700 111 218 394
1701 1800 130 255 461
1801 1900 137 270 487
1901 2000 144 284 513
2001 2100 185 364 656
2101 2200 194 381 688
2201 2300 203 399 719
2301 2400 211 415 749
2401 2500 220 434 782
2501 2600 258 507 915
2601 2700 268 527 951
2701 2800 277 546 984
2801 2900 288 566 1,020
2901 3000 298 586 1,056
3001 9999 361 709 1,279

 

 


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