30th March 2016Show all News
Often, people get confused with council tax (especially the younger generation!) and find themselves asking ‘what is council tax?’, ‘how much is it?’ and ‘what is it used for?’ Here’s an article we’ve prepared to help you understand exactly those things.
What is council tax?
Generally speaking, council tax is a system of local taxation that was introduced in 1993. Typically, a household is issued a “band” which determines how much they will pay per month to satisfy the council. This can vary depending on location and value of property and there are certain other changes that may affect your existing tax band. For instance, if you split a single property into self-contained flats or demolish part of your property and don’t rebuild.
How much is my council tax bill?
How much you’ll pay will depend on various things. For instance, you’re issued a tax band which will let you know by default how much you’re responsible to pay. However, if you’re living on your own, you’ll likely be entitled to a 25% discount on that rate (you may have to apply for this). If you’re disabled, you may also be entitled to a reduced rate.
What is Cardiff council tax used for?
There are many misconceptions with regards to what people believe their council tax is used for. Some people think it’s just used for bin collection when in fact there are many uses it serves! So, we’ve performed a little research and come to a conclusion that’s from the mouths of Cardiff Council Website! Here’s a comprehensive list that they’ve handily put together to help you understand where your money goes. Some may seem vague, but at the very least it should provide some comfort in knowing you’re not just throwing money into a black pit of despair.
So, make sure you feed the trolls and pay your council tax! No one enjoys doing it but it is the law! It’s actually reported that council tax has one of the highest collection rates of any tax.
To find out more information about Council Tax in Cardiff, visit Cardiff.gov.uk where you’ll be able to find out your tax band, see if you’re entitled to any reductions or discounts and even pay your bill.
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