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Council Tax and moving to a Care Home

In situations where the resident of a property has left that property to become a resident of a Care Home then it is possible, in some instances, to claim a Council Tax exemption on the vacated property. What Council Tax reduction is available ? Where the only resident of a property has ceased to be… Read More »

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Council Tax Valuation Tribunal changes – disclosure of documentation

The procedure for disclosure of documents in Council Tax liability Tribunals has recently changed and is now subject to much stricter rules from 01 April 2017. Failure to follow these rules can result in the failure of an appeal.   What has changed ? The Valuation Tribunal rules on disclosure of evidence were much more… Read More »

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Section 13A discretionary relief – claimants guide

LGFA92 claimants guide to Section 13A discretionary relief claims – England Information on the Section 13A discretionary relief can be difficult to obtain when it comes to your rights in making a claim and disputing Local Authority decisions. This claimants guide collects together the most important Valuation Tribunal and Local Government Ombudsman decisions and summarises… Read More »

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Do I qualify for a Council Tax single person discount ?

Council Tax discounts can be a confusing matter, the single person discount being no less so than other discounts. What is a single person discount ? Council Tax legislation allows for a discount of a prescribed percentage, currently 25%, to be applied to a property where there is only one adult occupier who is ‘resident’… Read More »

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Can Council Tax charges be backdated ?

There are many situations where a Local Authority may need to issue a Council Tax Demand Notice some time after the original charge would have be due in order to ensure that their records are correct.   Can Council Tax be backdated ? A Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure that Council Tax… Read More »

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Is Council Tax Statute Barred after 6 years ?

In some case a Local Authority may need to issue a Council Tax Demand Notice some time after the original debt would have been due Can the Local Authority take enforcement action to recover this balance or is it Statute Barred after 6 years ? How is Council Tax recovered ? Council Tax is recovered… Read More »

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School leaver – missing out on a discount ?

The School Leaver Council Tax disregard is one of the least known, and least claimed, Council Tax reductions that is available. Only a small percentage of those who are eligible actually claim the disregard. Who is eligible as a School Leaver ? A School Leaver is a person (aged 18 years or older and under… Read More »

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College leaver – missing out on a discount ?

The College Leaver Council Tax disregard is one of the least known, and least claimed, Council Tax reductions that is available. Only a small percentage of those who are eligible actually claim the disregard. Who is eligible as a College Leaver ? A College Leaver is a person (aged 18 years or older and under… Read More »

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Can I withhold Council Tax payments ?

A very common question which is raised in respect of Council Tax is as to whether a person can withhold payments if they are not happy with the service and/or they are disputing liability with the Local Authority. We will consider this below. Can I withhold Council Tax payments ? Anyone who is liable to… Read More »