Court fees and excise duties for vintners waived again
Court fees and excise duties for vintners will be waived for a second consecutive year, the government has announced.
The waiver for 2021 will include court fees, excise and stamp duty relating to the renewal of specified pubs and other liquor licenses, estimated to be worth around €10 million.
Justice Minister Heather Humphreys said: “We are waiving these fees and excise duties again in 2021 to support vintners and other licenced premises.
“I know that the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on their businesses and we are keen to support them in any way we can. This is an important signal of that support.
“Pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants will all benefit from this measure, helping to stimulate economic activity and employment as the sector returns to activity in line with Government and public health recommendations.”
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe added: “This time last year, the government agreed a package of measures for vintners impacted by Covid-19, included the waiving of the excise duty on the renewal of the pub licence, together with the excise and stamp duty associated with the court fees for such renewals.
“The Night-Time Economy Taskforce Report recommends that the fees and duties waived in 2020 in order to support vintners and other licensed premises be waived again in 2021 due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector. I am pleased to extend this measure again this year, which will be given effect in the Finance Act 2021.”