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    • rjw273
    • By rjw273 11th Aug 18, 12:07 PM
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    Why did we get Council Tax Liability Reduction of 20%?
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    • 11th Aug 18, 12:07 PM
    Why did we get Council Tax Liability Reduction of 20%? 11th Aug 18 at 12:07 PM
    I've just been going through some previous council tax correspondence and noticed that for one year we received a Council Tax Liability Reduction of 20%. Anyone know what is is or why it was applied to that year but not previous years? We are just a regular married couple with 2 kids and can't think of any circumstances that have changed.
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    • By tboo 11th Aug 18, 12:12 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 12:12 PM
    I've just been going through some previous council tax correspondence and noticed that for one year we received a Council Tax Liability Reduction of 20%. Anyone know what is is or why it was applied to that year but not previous years? We are just a regular married couple with 2 kids and can't think of any circumstances that have changed.
    Originally posted by rjw273



    When you took on the property did you not move in for a while?
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    • rjw273
    • By rjw273 11th Aug 18, 12:19 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 12:19 PM
    nope, moved in Oct 2014, Can't see the liability reduction for the first 2 years then it appears for the 3rd year.
    • _shel
    • By _shel 11th Aug 18, 12:43 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 12:43 PM
    Are both of your names on the bill?
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 11th Aug 18, 12:43 PM
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    I am wondering whether you are reading the bill correctly?

    The only way I can think of for receiving a 20% reduction for council tax would be if you switched from paying over 10 months to paying over 12 months. That would give you a 20% reduction in your monthly payments - at least that is if my Maths is correct!
    • rjw273
    • By rjw273 11th Aug 18, 12:53 PM
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    Are both of your names on the bill?
    Originally posted by _shel
    Just my wife's name on the letter but i'm the only earner and it refers to me when it says "there's been a change in your partners income"
    • rjw273
    • By rjw273 11th Aug 18, 12:56 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 12:56 PM
    I am wondering whether you are reading the bill correctly?

    The only way I can think of for receiving a 20% reduction for council tax would be if you switched from paying over 10 months to paying over 12 months. That would give you a 20% reduction in your monthly payments - at least that is if my Maths is correct!
    Originally posted by pmlindyloo
    This is copied and pasted from the council tax letter.....

    HOW YOUR AWARD HAS BEEN WORKED OUT
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    Your Council Tax Reduction has been worked out as follows:

    Your weekly Council Tax (before any deduction) is £33.26
    A liability reduction of 20.00% has been applied.
    Your revised weekly eligible liability is therefore £26.61
    (the maximum Council Tax Reduction payable)
    Maximum Council Tax Reduction payable £26.61
    • tboo
    • By tboo 11th Aug 18, 12:58 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 12:58 PM
    This reduction of 20% is normally for the property being vacant at the beginning or at the end of liability


    Some councils dont grant empty property discounts anymore so if this is one the bill then it's a plus to you as the charge is 80% not 100%


    But I would give them a ring if you want clarification - try a general question to them giving no names or addresses
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    • tboo
    • By tboo 11th Aug 18, 1:00 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 1:00 PM
    This is copied and pasted from the council tax letter.....

    HOW YOUR AWARD HAS BEEN WORKED OUT
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    Your Council Tax Reduction has been worked out as follows:

    Your weekly Council Tax (before any deduction) is £33.26
    A liability reduction of 20.00% has been applied.
    Your revised weekly eligible liability is therefore £26.61
    (the maximum Council Tax Reduction payable)
    Maximum Council Tax Reduction payable £26.61
    Originally posted by rjw273



    sorry just seen this


    are you claiming for benefits?



    With the word liability in your post I assumed just the council tax side
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    • rjw273
    • By rjw273 11th Aug 18, 1:29 PM
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    Yes we're claiming other benefits too
    • CIS
    • By CIS 11th Aug 18, 1:46 PM
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    That is council tax reduction (what used to be council tax benefit) and is means tested by the council- it's nothing to do with the usual council tax discounts (unoccupied properties etc).
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax paralegal assisting Council Tax payers. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
    • tboo
    • By tboo 11th Aug 18, 1:48 PM
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    As all councils process council tax reduction different I would give them a ring but all it means is you are getting 20% off for that period - if there is any listed
    Started on the No Clutter thread - 25/01/2018
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