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Council Tax discounts
It should also be remembered it is possible to get Council Tax reductions and even exemptions where people qualify. Those in receipt of state support are likely to face lower bills.
Mr Andrews continued: “It’s also essential to check if you are entitled to a discount on your Council Tax, as this could save you a substantial amount over the course of the year. For example, if you’re the only adult at the address, are currently receiving benefits, or are on Universal Credit, then you may be entitled to up to 25 percent off your Council Tax.
“If you, or someone you live with is a carer, or has a health condition or disability, then you may also be able to claim a discount. People diagnosed with serious mental health conditions are also entitled to a discount. Most students can claim exemption from paying Council Tax, meaning they won’t have to pay a thing, however, this isn’t done automatically – students need to visit the Government website to check their eligibility for a discount.
“Discounts and exemptions are backdated, so if you’ve overpaid then you could be able to claim the money back. The same goes for a refund for being in the wrong tax band, meaning you could, in theory, backdate payments to the 1990s, a serious sum in most cases.”