The Revenue Commissioners has issued 714,470 local property tax letters to households.

In a statement this evening, it said that it had received 5,567 electronic returns from property owners and a further 1,436 returns on paper.

Yesterday, it was revealed around 5,100 households are exempt from the Local Property Tax under details of a waiver released by the Department of the Environment.

Of the country’s 1,770 unfinished ghost estates, 421 will be exempt from the new tax.

In contrast, 1,322 such estates, containing around 43,000 households, were exempt under the Household Charge waiver list.