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Is it possible to lower my council tax band? If you are asking yourself this question and you live in Scotland or England the answer is a big yes. You can easily do so in a very short time and for free. You pay reduced council tax band rates and believe it or not your rebate is back dated as far back as the year nineteen ninety three. Many have great testimonies of how this saved thousands of pounds for them. You can as well tell the world the same success story.
You have to understand why you are overpaying council tax band in order to make a decision to pay less. In the year nineteen ninety one when the new council tax was being put in place, the government required that every home had to be included in the valuation band. This was not an easy task. The time for the exercise was short and the task overwhelming for the people who were in charge. They therefore decided to hire estate agents and other people to help them out.
Unfortunately, even with the extra help they failed to gather all the details. They were in a hurry to visit all streets and the bands were allocated to each property without much attention. It is said that the people in charge did not even get out of their cars. This earned them the name “second gear valuations”. Welsh government reassessed the property but still the bad valuation has never been fixed even after all these years.
You can actually reduce the council tax band up to between a hundred and two hundred pounds. This has been realized by some people who give actual testimonies. Some say they got tax refunds from the council worth millions of pounds. You can take the first step of paying lower council tax band by investigating how much neighbors with the same property size pay. You might decide to inquire from them but you could still access the information from elsewhere since its public information. If you live in England or Wales, you could visit valuation Office agency website. If you live in Scotland you could still visit Scottish Assessors Association website.
The second step is to do a valuation check. Countercheck what the property’s band was back then before the new council tax band in nineteen ninety three. Be very sure that your band is wrong before you decide to challenge. Your band might as well be increased so be extremely sure that you are doing the right thing. If you are sure that it should be reduced, use the websites above to explain why you think the band is unfair.
Is it possible to lower my council tax band? Yes it is if you always make sure that you get council tax discounts. You can get discounts if you are a student living alone or be exempted from tax if you are a group of students living in a house. Apply for discounts if you are either disabled, living alone, earning low income, willing to have a cavity wall insulation fitted, renovating your house or you have a second home. Ensure that you do all you have to do to save a few pounds by paying less council tax.