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    • Kentonimus
    • By Kentonimus 12th Jan 19, 9:40 AM
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    Council tax help!
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    • 12th Jan 19, 9:40 AM
    Council tax help! 12th Jan 19 at 9:40 AM
    Hello,

    I moved into my current accommodation in July 2018. It is location in South Oxfordshire and sits in council tax band B (I know this band to be correct) and I believe I am currently over paying for my council tax.

    For 2018/2019 financial year, council tax equates to a total 1428.52 for the full year (according to the district council website). I have applied and been granted single occupancy discount so have received a reduction of 25% discount to my overall bill totalling 1071.39

    However, from the period of 31.07.2018-31.03.2019 I have been billed 957.67.
    When the single occupancy discount was taken off, I owe a total 718.25.

    *edit* I had a one off payment of 118.25 on 11.09.2018 and been making consistent payments of 120 from 01.10.2018 and will have my last payment due on 01.02.2019

    Is there some reason other than an error from the local council to be charged so much for the 6 month period?

    Thank you in advance
    Last edited by Kentonimus; 12-01-2019 at 9:43 AM. Reason: Added in my monthly payments
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    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 12th Jan 19, 10:18 AM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 10:18 AM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 10:18 AM
    For 2018/2019 financial year, council tax equates to a total 1428.52 for the full year (according to the district council website). I have applied and been granted single occupancy discount so have received a reduction of 25% discount to my overall bill totalling 1071.39

    However, from the period of 31.07.2018-31.03.2019 I have been billed 957.67.

    Is there some reason other than an error from the local council to be charged so much for the 6 month period?
    Originally posted by Kentonimus
    the numbers look correct approximately - 31.07.2018-31.03.2019 is 8 months not 6. Take your totals and divide by 12 and multiply by 8 and you get a figure within a few (due it being actually a daily rate)
    • CIS
    • By CIS 12th Jan 19, 2:22 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 2:22 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 2:22 PM
    When you work out the daily rate the amount the council are charging looks fine to me.
    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.
    • 00ec25
    • By 00ec25 12th Jan 19, 7:32 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 7:32 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 7:32 PM
    technically council tax is a charge per day
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1992/14/section/2

    in case maths is not your strong point:
    1,071.39/365 days = 2.935 per day

    31/7/18 - 31/3/19 = 243 days

    243 x 2.935 = 713.21
    your charge will be rounded differently by the council's computer
    Last edited by 00ec25; 12-01-2019 at 7:36 PM.
    • Dazed and confused
    • By Dazed and confused 12th Jan 19, 7:36 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 7:36 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 7:36 PM
    in case maths is not your strong point:
    Nicely put
    • CIS
    • By CIS 12th Jan 19, 9:32 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 9:32 PM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 9:32 PM
    I suspect the confusion arises from the fact that the OP talks about 6 months rather that 8, they're probably not accounting for Feb and Mar as not being 'free months'
    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.
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