Can Councils Backdate Council Tax?
As a resident of the United Kingdom, you're likely familiar with the concept of a council tax. Council taxes are annual fees that are charged by local councils for services provided to its members, including things like libraries and rubbish removal. These fees are usually given annually, with most people choosing to pay the amount in ten to twelve monthly installments. If you've recently filed a council tax and are wondering if your council can potentially backdate it, finding out the answer on your own can be an overwhelming process.
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What Does Backdating a Council Tax Really Mean?
Depending on your specific situation, backdating your council taxes can mean a few different things.
1. Backdating Council Tax Refunds
When you pay council taxes, sometimes you're eligible to receive a discount for various reasons like disabilities, age, and ability to receive state benefits. If you've been paying your council taxes for several years without knowing you're eligible for certain discounts, your council will owe you money back because you've overpaid.
When this happens, you're owed a refund by the council. You can apply for a backdated refund directly with your local council to receive the money that's rightfully yours. You can claim the money as far back as 1993, which is when council tax was first introduced in the UK.
2. Backdating Council Tax Underpayments
On the other hand, your local council can also backdate your council tax underpayments. If you initially receive a refund on your council tax, but your circumstances change and you're no longer eligible to receive this refund, the council can demand that you pay back the amount of the refund.
The council can also pursue you for money if you haven't been making your monthly council tax payments or you owe money for previous years of residence in the council. Debt collectors can chase you for your council tax debt for a long time - it can range from six to twenty years depending on where you live. For these reasons, it's important to inform your council of any changes in your circumstances to avoid being pursued for payment.
What Happens if I Don't Repay My Council Tax?
In addition to being pursued by debt collectors, there are several different consequences you can experience if you don't repay your council taxes. These negative effects can include:
- Debt collectors calling you or showing up at your house
- A reduction in your credit score or credit limit
- A dramatic increase in the amount you owe due to interest accrual over time
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