If you have a Council Tax dispute or problem and you are unable to come to a mutual agreement with the Local Authority then the Valuation Tribunal Service is there to help you.
As an independent body the Valuation Tribunal Service, rather than the Valuation Office Agency, offer a formal Council Tax appeal route to those who are appealing against their council tax charges and who want to make a Council Tax appeal to the Valuation Appeal.
How and when do I make a Council Tax appeal to the Valuation Tribunal ?
Before appealing to the Valuation Tribunal you should allow the Local Authority up to 2 months to consider your dispute. You should advise them in writing that you wish to proceed with a Council Tax appeal to the Valuation Tribunal if you don’t get a satisfactory outcome.
Where possible you should try and resolve the situation outside of a Valuation Tribunal Appeal but that’s not always possible and therefore you should ensure that you keep an eye on the timescales as ‘out of time’ appeals may be rejected.
Once you have given the Local Authority the time to consider the dispute then you can formally appeal to the Valuation Tribunal if they either don’t respond or they don’t give you an answer that you are happy with.
If you’re not sure regarding a Council Tax Appeal then similar case decisions can usually be found to give you can idea of the likely outcome.
What types of Council Tax appeal can go to a Valuation Tribunal ?
The Valuation Tribunal can hear appeals on most Council Tax issues – discounts, liability, exemptions etc. – however they are not able to deal with appeals over any court or enforcement action which has been taken or any disputes over whether the Local Authority have acted reasonably or not. They Valuation Tribunal Service can also hear appeals regarding Section 13A relief applications. Appeals are heard under the Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) Regulations 2009.
Is a Council Tax appeal to a Valuation Tribunal a final decision ?
The Valuation Tribunal appeal decision is binding on the Local Authority as a decision however if either side is unhappy with the outcome of the appeal they do have the potential of bringing a High Court case. The High Court can overrule a Valuation Tribunal appeal decision.
Is the tribunal free to use ?
The Valuation Tribunal is free to use but it’s easy to get out of your depth when it comes to legislation and case law so many people opt to obtain some assistance at their own cost to maximise their chance of winning,
How can LGFA92 help in my Council Tax Valuation Tribunal Appeal ?
LGFA92 are experts in Council Tax and can assist you both before and during your Council Tax Valuation Tribunal appeal process to try to get the best outcome for you. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can help you in your appeal process.
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This article is solely the view of LGFA92, the Council Tax experts, based on our interpretation of legislation. Your local authority is free to dispute this view. A binding decision may require the intervention of a valuation tribunal.