If you’re moving home and have yet to do a council tax change of address you’re in the perfect place.
In this article you will be able to update your address with your local Council, and get answers to common questions, such as:
Informing your council that you have changed is address is important. It keep your records up-to-date, can prevent erroneous council tax charges and much more.
Of course, there are lots of companies and institutions that you need to update with your address change, not just your Council. You can actually tell everyone you’re moving including your council , energy supplier, club cards and many more on our change of address form.
This will enable you to update your address with your council and many others within 5 minutes.
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Most people aren’t actually aware of what their council tax band is. So, if you’re wondering ‘what is my council tax band’ we’ll help you find out right now.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that your Council Tax Band (the amount you pay) can change from property and area. Council tax bands are based off the value of your property as of 1st April 1991. Money Saving Expert have pulled together a great guide on reclaiming cash on your Council Tax Bands, which you might find useful.
If you want to understand how much Council Tax you need to pay you must first understand the value of your property as of April 1st 1991. Once you understand that, we can answer the question to: how much is my council tax?
Your Council Tax banding will differ slightly from area to area, but here are some general numbers to give you an idea.
The Council Tax bandings for 2019-2020 are below (the new charging methodologies for bandings is usually released in April of each year):
|A||Up to and including £40,000||£1,321.42|
|B||£40,001 – £52,000||£1,541.65|
|C||£52,001 – £68,000||£1,761.88|
|D||£68,001 – £88,000||£1,982.11|
|E||£88,001 – £120,000||£2,422.58|
|F||£120,001 – £160,000||£2,863.04|
|G||£160,001 – £320,000||£3,303.53|
What should you do if you think your Council Tax is wrong? If you think your Council Tax Band is incorrect, don’t worry!
You can get in touch with the Valuation Office Agency. The Valuation Office Agency are the people who can help if you think your Council Tax is wrong or incorrect. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) provides the Government with property advice and valuations that is needed to support taxation and benefits.
If you think your council tax is too much, you still need to continue to pay it until your appeal is accepted.
How do I get a Council Tax Refund? It’s a great question and very important to know, especially since the average Council Tax bill is expensive, rising by over 5% in 2018 alone.
Before going into how to get a Council Tax refund, here is some very important information to understand:
As we know, council tax must be paid if you are 18 years or older and are renting or owning a home.
Remember, in terms of a Council Tax Refund, you are eligible for a 25% discount on your council tax bill if you live alone, or are the only adult in the home. You might also be able to get a 50% discount if no one living in your home, including you, is an adult.
Furthermore, if the house is occupied be students you don’t have to pay any council tax at all. This also applies for rental properties. As always, make sure you communicate with your local council and explain your circumstances.
If you feel you are owed a refund on your Council Tax, the first thing you should do is get in touch with your Local Council. There is a large drive to push these interactions online, so f you check over their website you might find an email address which you can send over your query too. Ironically, this might mean that you are seen to quicker.
You might be eligible for a refund on your council tax if you’ve been overpaying.
A classic example of when this might apply is when you have lived alone but have been paying 100% of the council tax, and have not claimed your 25% discount. Of course, there are many scenarios in which the Council might owe you money – For instance if you were a house of students and paid, if you have over-paid, if your Council Tax banding is incorrect etc…
When it comes to getting your Council Tax refunded it’s important that you claim your council tax discount when you first move in, as this will save you time.
So, how will the Council give me my refund? If the council owes you a refund, they will typically reduce your proceeding payments rather than transfer you any money or write you a cheque.
So, let’s say that you’re owed £200 and you have 10 months left in that year (each year runs April to April), the local council will typically reduce your Direct Debt by £20 a month for 10 months. They have systems that complete this action and you will be informed by post.
When moving home, you will need to inform your council that you’re moving. You used to have to contact them directly, but now you can communicate with both Councils in one place in under 5 minutes.
You will need to know the move-in date or the date at which you moved in. To do a Council Tax change of address, simply click the button below.
If you’re staying within the same district, you will maintain your same DD. You should still call your local council to inform them of your address change if your council tax band is changing. If you’re moving out of your district to a different area, instead of having to contact both your former and new council for your moving dates you can use our online change of address form below.
If you’re wondering how you contact council tax, a quick google for your local council is all that’s needed. The council’s IVR system will direct you through to the correct place.
Hopefully you now fully understand how complete a Council Tax change of address as well as lots of other things like claiming refunds and understanding your banding. With our online change of address form you can cut your admin time drastically and update your address with all of your other companies and institutions also.