If you live in Glasgow and you are wondering how much council tax is for your home, then you are in the right place. This article will explain what your current council tax charges are, how you can challenge them and how you can deal with arrears.
Band D charges will change from PS1,386 per year to PS1,428 per year in 2022
You might have heard that council tax charges will increase by 3% in the coming year. However, this may not be a bad thing as the cost of living is increasing for many of us. This is a good time to check out the various measures that your local council is taking to bolster your income. It will also be important to alert them to any changes in your circumstances, e.g. moving from one home to another.
The most important part of this puzzle is that the amount you pay will depend on the type of home you own. A modest property will have an entirely different rate compared to a larger family residence. Luckily, there are ways to reduce your bill. In particular, you can find out more about what types of benefits you are entitled to.
While you’re at it, make sure you’re also checking out your eligibility for the various state benefits. Depending on your situation, you could be eligible for the top tier of benefits.
Exemption status is not automatically awarded unless you’re living in University of Glasgow accommodation
Exemption status is a great way to save money on your council tax bill. It will cover you while you study, and you don’t have to pay the full amount. However, you have to make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria.
In order to qualify for council tax exemption, you will need to prove that you are studying full-time, at least part-time. This can be done by providing proof of your student status, such as your user ID. You can get this from your student services department.
Full-time students are required to study at least twenty-one hours a week, for a minimum of twenty-four weeks a year. In addition, they must live alone, or with other full-time students. Generally, students living in halls of residence are exempt from paying council tax.
If you’re studying a full-time course at the University of Glasgow, you may be eligible for a reduction on your council tax bill. To do so, you must provide proof of your status, such as your user ID, and confirm that you are living in a room with other students.
Challenge council tax band
If you are paying more in council tax than you should be, you may want to challenge your band. This will reduce your bill and give you a refund. However, you will need to provide evidence to prove your claim.
Challenge your band by completing a form and sending it to your local council. You will need to explain why you think your council tax band is wrong. Once your claim is accepted, you will get a rebate that is backdated to your move to the property.
Council tax bands are based on a property’s value on 1 April 1991. If you think your band is wrong, you can check your council tax band online through the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Also, you should consider asking for a review of your band by the Scottish Assessors’ Association.
You can also appeal to the Valuation Tribunal or the Welsh Tribunal. The process is similar to that of a VOA appeal.
Dealing with council tax arrears
If you miss a monthly or annual council tax payment, it’s important to seek advice on how to deal with the debt. Failure to pay may result in court action and expensive fees. The debt could be written off if you make an arrangement with the council, which is known as a Debt Relief Order.
The first thing to do if you are in arrears with your council tax is to speak to your council. They will give you at least seven days to pay the whole amount, or they can send you a reminder. It’s a good idea to make a budget and explain your situation to the council. This will allow them to work with you and come up with an affordable payment plan.
If you are in arrears with your business rates, you need to provide the council with information about your budget and how your business has performed. You also need to explain how your situation is affecting the local community.