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Council tax is a tax that you pay to your local council so they can fund services in your community. This can be anything from waste disposal to recycling to mental health services to planning permission etc.
What you pay depends on where you live and the valuation band of your property. The tax band system was introduced in 1991, and the bands are as follows:
|Council tax band||Property value|
|A||Up to £40,000|
|B||£40,001 to £52,000|
|C||£52,001 to £68,000|
|D||£68,001 to £88,000|
|E||£88,001 to £120,000|
|F||£120,001 to £160,000|
|G||£160,001 to £320,000|
|H||More than £320,000|
Every property in the UK is put into a council tax band. This band is based on size, location, and the property’s value in 1991. The tax is then set as a fixed amount for each band. A few things can affect your bill amount:
Read more about changes that affect your council tax bill.
To combat the rising costs in living from April 2022, the government is offering households in bands A-D a one off, £150 council tax rebate.
If you’re self-employed and working from home, you can claim a proportion of your council tax. What you claim should be based on the number of rooms you use for your self-employment business, and how much time you work from home.
Take a look at the below example of how to claim back your council tax when you’re self-employed:
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