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    • eddidaz
    • By eddidaz 10th Jul 18, 8:23 AM
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    Expired single person discount (council tax)
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    Expired single person discount (council tax) 10th Jul 18 at 8:23 AM
    We signed up for a council tax discount when my partner started uni. After graduation a couple of years ago they never put it back up. If I tell them now, will they ask for the graduation date and charge us what we've been under posting this whole time? I want to do the right thing but can't afford a big bill.
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    • Alter ego
    • By Alter ego 10th Jul 18, 8:25 AM
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    Yes , but if you tell them rather than wait to be found out they may give you time to pay.
    How could they know to put it back up if you failed to tell them ?
    Ignore me if you like, it's not the real me anyway.
    • eddidaz
    • By eddidaz 10th Jul 18, 8:57 AM
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    They had the course dates when we provided evidence for the discount. I'd also expect a well managed organisation to revalidate discounts like this on a regular basis to capture changes in circumstances (like quitting or extending studying) to prevent this kind of issue occurring.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 10th Jul 18, 9:31 AM
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    Checking entitlement to the discount on an annual basis might be considered good practice, but also annoys single people who shouldn't have to fill in a form every year. An annual review is also expensive, and there are better things for the council to be spending your money on.

    There is a legal requirement for you to notify the council if you believe you are no longer entitled to the discount.

    The main thing is to correct the situation now and agree a repayment plan.
    • Paul_DNAP
    • By Paul_DNAP 10th Jul 18, 9:53 AM
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    They had the course dates when we provided evidence for the discount. I'd also expect a well managed organisation to revalidate discounts like this on a regular basis to capture changes in circumstances (like quitting or extending studying) to prevent this kind of issue occurring.
    Originally posted by eddidaz

    No, it is your responsibility to inform them of each and every change in circumstances that has an impact. Yes, it would make sense to be able to say "I only need this discount for 3 years" but since when did any part of government (particularly local councils) and taxation make any sense, and for future information you should never use the phrase "well managed organisation" when discussing the council.
    (Although I could be wrong, I often am.)
    • BoGoF
    • By BoGoF 10th Jul 18, 9:58 AM
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    They had the course dates when we provided evidence for the discount. I'd also expect a well managed organisation to revalidate discounts like this on a regular basis to capture changes in circumstances (like quitting or extending studying) to prevent this kind of issue occurring.
    Originally posted by eddidaz
    Well I would expect someone who "wants to do the right thing" to tell the council straight away of the change. Those annual council tax bills showing the discount were conveniently ignored were they?
    • CIS
    • By CIS 10th Jul 18, 10:04 AM
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    • 10th Jul 18, 10:04 AM
    Assuming England and Wales:


    There is a duty on the council to ensure a discount is correct before issuing a demand notice however there is also a duty on the tax payer to advise the council if the discount is incorrect. They can issue a penalty notice for failure to advise them.



    You could try and argue the toss regarding the backdating but it's unlikely to get you anywhere - I've known it work before but rarely.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax specialist. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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