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Council Tax

[ˈkaʊnsᵊl tæks]



Council Tax is a tax paid in the United Kingdom to help fund local councils. The amount of council tax you pay depends on the property you live in.

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Council Tax is paid to your local council to fund various local government services such as rubbish collection and road maintenance. In hope of making the tax system fairer, each house is organised into a Council Tax band. This is done by looking at a house's location, size and value in 1991. So, a larger house is required to pay a larger amount of Council Tax than a similarly located smaller one.

There are 8 Council Tax bands that are the same for every part of the country. However, the amount of council taxed owed by each member of each band differs between councils.

Self-employed individuals can potentially claim a part of their Council Tax back when they file their Self Assessment.

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