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Council tax and business rates are the primary ’local taxes’ in the UK. The money collected through these property taxes goes to local authorities (councils) to pay for local services such as maintaining parks, collecting rubbish, policing and personalised care. Includes information on valuation and bands, exemptions, discounts, rebates, who pays it and what to do if you have difficulty paying it.
Low Incomes Tax Reform Group www.litrg.org.uk
Check your current council tax band and find out how much you will pay. Includes information about how your property has been valued, when home improvements may increase your council tax banding, and arrangements for people with disabilities.
Valuation Office Agency www.voa.gov.uk
Information on council tax reduction and second adult rebate including who can claim, how to claim, how to backdate an application and what penalties and prosecutions you can be subject to if you give wrong information or do not provide update about a change in your circumstances.
Adviceguide from Citizens Advice www.adviceguide.org.uk/
It’s important to keep up with your council tax payments. If you fall behind, you could lose the right to pay in monthly instalments or even be taken to court. Find out what the council will do if you get into arrears, and what help you might be able to get if you’re struggling to pay what you owe.