Latest government figures show that £2.7 billion of Council Tax is outstanding as at 31 March 2016 – an increase of £77 million over the previous years figures. This is after £193 million in Council Tax arrears were written off.
The majority of the money that is outstanding will be subject to recovery action taken by Local Authorities, via the granting of a Liability Order from the Magistrates Court. The Liability Order is most commonly enforced by use of an Enforcement Agent (£310 in costs for the first two stages of action ) however experience has shown that a large amount of the money which is outstanding is due only by virtue of error.
The cause of the outstanding balances in many situation would be an error in the liable party either not claiming a Council Tax discount or exemption that they’re entitled to or that they are being charged for a period for which they are not actually liable. This often comes about due to bad advice or incorrect information being held by the local authority.
Sadly many people do not have the information and experience to dispute these situations and often pay money that they don’t need to !
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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.