COUNCIL’s tax bills could climb up to 6% in 2022 as the cost of living continues to rise.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has already announced a 3% increase next year – with bills set to climb to Â£ 400 a year.
But some local authorities may add a supplement to your council tax payments, which means they will increase by up to 6% next year.
According to the latest government documents, local authorities can increase by up to 3% by carrying over unused social allowances for adults from the previous year.
Four tips could increase bills by 3%, while 32 are supposed to be able to use 2% or less of their allowance intact, the Daily mail reported.
This is the latest blow for families concerned about the rising cost of living.
The latest research from the Resolution Foundation has shown that household spending could increase by Â£ 1,200 next year.
This is due to rising energy bills and inflation, coupled with stalled wage growth.
We explain how to reduce your council tax bill.
Request a reduction in the housing tax
You may be able to get a reduction in your council tax bill, but it depends on your personal situation.
Discounts are available for low-income people, people claiming certain benefits and caring for others.
The discount ranges from 25% to 100%, which means you pay nothing for council tax.
The exact amount depends on:
- Where you live
- Your situation (for example, income, number of children, allowances, residence status)
- Your household income – this includes savings, pensions and your partner’s income
- If your children live with you
- If other adults live with you
You should contact your local authority for more information and to directly request a reduction in council tax.
Benefit from a reduction in housing tax
There are other ways to get money off your municipal tax bill, so you should check if you are eligible.
For example, caregivers and people with disabilities could see their bills drop by 25 to 50%.
Apprentices, people with severe mental disabilities and people living in nursing homes or in hospitals could also benefit from a reduction.
During this time, students are given full invoice waiver, which means they pay nothing at all.
However, for this to apply, all household members must be students and studying full time.
Anyone living alone can benefit from a 25% reduction, or if they live with other people who are not taken into account in the payment of the housing tax, such as a student, a caregiver or a apprentice.
Owners of empty properties may also qualify for a discount, depending on the term.
However, some boards may charge more if the house has not been occupied for a long time.
Contact your town hall to check what help you can claim and apply.
You can check the help you might get with municipal tax bills or other help using a benefits calculator.
Change your housing tax bracket
It is possible to reduce your housing tax bill by changing your land strip.
Thousands of people were able to reduce their bills last year by reducing their housing tax bracket.
If you are successful, you could get a refund of several thousand pounds sterling and hundreds of dollars on your annual bill.
Experts estimate that up to 400,000 properties are still in the wrong category, which means that many people are probably paying more than they need.
Before submitting a claim, you should check what your neighbors are paying and compare the appraisals of similar properties in your area.
MoneySavingExpert has a free calculator to help you do that, as well as a chart on the tape you should have been put in.
If these indicate that you are in the wrong band, then you can initiate a challenge through the Assessment Office Agency (VOA).
If you fail, your group could be increased and you will end up paying more.
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